Gateway fascinates with its philosophical depth, physical endurance, and the performers’ remarkable acrobatic skills. The title carries a number of meanings - door, entrance, and pathway, while the performance itself represents a theatrical play consisting of three levels which the dancers have to complete. The prize of every level and moving further ahead in the game depends on the door which the player chooses. Every door leads to a new situation and tasks to be accomplished. The show is performed by 11 dancers who have to pass through 5 different stories and so change the turn of events, the setting, and the dance vocabulary.
The stories: 1. Stone gives voice to time. 2. Trees are a flowing form of life. 3. Shadows seize the mind. 4. Dreams take shape in fire. 5. Limitations liberate us.
“The opening and closing of doors are the most significant actions of man's life. What a mystery lies in doors!
Which one of us has not sat in some ante-room and watched the inscrutable panels of a door that was full of meaning?”
Director: Liu Lu
Music Director: Zou Hang
Stage Set Designer: Guo Xin
Costume Designer: A Kuan
Choreography: Liu Lu, Tang Jianfeng, Li Wen, Liu Wen, Li Chao, Hu Mingwu
Dancers: Yang Ao, Cao Jialong, Guo Kai, Liu Changjiang, Hu Mingwu, Su Xiaolong, Su Jingjing, Zhao Xi, Zhao Zhonawen, Huang Qijun, Xina Shishi