Full Moon

Work by Cheng Tsung-lung

“In Cheng Tsung-lung’s luminous Full Moon there is a profound sense of eternal motion… There is vivid life even in moments of what appears to be complete stillness.” – The Australian


“Living in our modern world, the vibrant city lights have endlessly fascinated me and occupied the interspaces of my sight and feelings at night. On the contrary, the moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist.”
– Cheng Tsung-lung



Choreographer: Cheng Tsung-lung
Composer: Lim Giong
Lighting Design: Damien Cooper
Costume Design: Fan Huaichih

2018 International Tour

Belgrade Dance Festival, Serbia
3 – 4 April 2018

Gallus Hall, Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7 April 2018

Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, France
11 – 13 April 2018

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying),
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
3 – 4 November 2018

2017 Performances

Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay Sydney
29 April – 13 May 2017

Art Centre Melbourne, Melbourne
17 – 20 May 2017

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
25 – 27 May 2017

Media Reviews

“It’s a splendid feast for eyes and ears with Fan Huai-chih’s gorgeously flowing costumes, Lim Giong’s gleaming commissioned score and Cooper’s magical lighting.” – The Australian

“[A] masterclass in the marvels of contemporary dance… We leave a little lighter, a little nimbler, a little more present in our bodies, and aware, for a moment, of the limitless connections between our imagination and our limbs. It’s a fleeting feeling that draws me back to contemporary dance, again and again.” – TimeOut Sydney

“World class and deserves a place in permanent repertoire… an experience as enjoyable and enigmatic as the full moon.” – Daily Telegraph

The Creation of Full Moon

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"I started to do some research into legends and stories surrounding the moon from around the world... Full Moon is an exploration of those ideas." - Cheng Tsung-lung Read More

From ancient goddesses such as Luna in Roman myth and Chang’e in Chinese culture, to the werewolves and vampires of film and television, the moon has always held a powerful sway over the human imagination. But the moon is also linked closely with madness. Read More

"When these characters gather to dance at full moon, they represent different metaphors of the moon. But they could also represent a sense of fullness.” - Cheng Tsung-lung Read More

Cheat Sheet

“I often have a feeling tingling deep in my heart, difficult to express it in words. I hope to convey this feeling through dance, through the myth and the moon... The pursuit of having the understanding of the full moon at all times.” Cheng Tsung-lungis the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenalCloud Gate 2the sister company of the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. In 2012, Tsung-lung won the most prestigious arts prize in Taiwan, the Taishin Arts Award, and received a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council. He has choreographed and re-staged works for Transitions Dance Company in London, Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane and Focus Dance Company in Taiwan. Fun Fact: Tsung-lung’s family owns a slipper factory. Hawking slippers on the sidewalk was part of his childhood and adolescent life. The dynamics of street life and pedestrians’ behaviour later became the inspiration for his choreography.

“Achieving perfection has always been the desire of mankind. However, as the moon waxes and wanes, four seasons come and go, and flowers bloom and wither, life is impermanent.” Lim Giong is a Taiwanese musician, composer and producer. A leading figure on the Taiwanese experimental music scene, his work combines traditional Taiwanese musical influences with contemporary electronica. Lim is also a sought-after composer of film soundtracks, winning the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Soundtrack Award for The Assassin. In 2016, Lim collaborated with Cheng Tsung-lung for the first time, composing the music for 13 Tongues for Cloud Gate 2, which premiered at the Taiwan International Festival of Arts. Fun Fact: Lim is also an accomplished actor, and stars in many of the internationally renowned director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s early movies. The world of cinema was what inspired him to begin composing film scores.

The Full Moon set features a picture frame as a back-drop and beautiful, dream-like lighting. The Full Moon costumes are also spectacular.Fan Huaichih, the costume designer, was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zen Buddhism and minimalism.