To say the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan mixes ancient and contemporary might be an understatement.
The company, which performs at 7:30 tonight at the Lied Center, lists these influences: meditation, martial arts, Chinese opera, modern dance, ballet and calligraphy.
The result is "Cursive: A Trilogy," an unusual show that has white rice paper hung at the back of the stage, with black ink seeping onto the paper. Meanwhile, the dancers echo the calligraphy-like lines.
The 24-member troop, which has been performing since 1973, gets its name from the oldest known dance in China. The Times of London called it "Asia's leading contemporary dance theatre."
It is popular in its native Taiwan, sometimes drawing 60,000 people to free outdoor performance. The group also has toured extensively throughout five continents.
In addition to the performance, Randi Hacker, outreach coordinator for Kansas University's department of East Asian studies will lead a pre-concert conversation at 6:30 p.m. Following the performance, Lee Ching-chun, Cloud Gate's associate artistic director, will be part of a coffee and conversation in the Lied Center's Seymour Gallery.
Tickets for the show are $34 for adults and $17 for children and Kansas University students. They're available by calling the Lied Center Ticket Office at 864-2787.
For more information, visit www.cloudgate.org.tw/eng.