Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s Feb. 26 premiere of “Rice” at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London entranced the European arts community, following the success of “Nine Songs” a few days earlier.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre artistic director Alistair Spalding praised Cloud Gate founder Lin Hwai-min as a great choreographer, and said “Rice” was a beautiful piece of work. He said the troupe had been invited to perform at Sadler’s Wells in 2016.

“Rice” was created to mark the troupe’s 40th anniversary. In the piece, Lin uses the earth, light, wind and water of famed local rice-growing town Chishang in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan, to interpret the crop’s life cycle. For the London show, co-produced with Sadler’s Wells, Chishang’s lush rice paddies and waving rice ears were evoked through projected backdrops, drawing the spectators’ applause.

A scene where male dancers engaged in armed combat before burning fields, suggesting humans’ remorseless assault on the environment, made a great impression.