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First impressions of dance practice in Beijing

4 July 2012

Today was a fascinating day visiting classes at Beijing Dance Academy and rehearsals of choreographer Teng Aimin who runs the Beijing City Contemporary Dance company.

While my intrigue and respect with technical ability in both students and professionals has been further fed, I was today likewise very much drawn to what took [...]

More impressions of dance in Beijing

An impressive series of meetings has taken place so far, and we have visited and met representatives from Peking University, the Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group as well as watched rehearsals of China Beijing City Contemporary Dance Company, Beijing Modern Dance Company and LDTX.

These visits have revealed an exciting mix of concepts, approaches and [...]

Penghao Theatre Visit

Down in a Hutong we visited Penghao Theatre, run by Artistic Director Dandan Willis, a young, visionary woman with passion and interest for making a difference to the live performance scene in Beijing and possibly beyond.

This is not the first time that I was made aware of an apparent effort to generate and [...]

East West – Things…

I was delighted to learn a few months ago in my Mandarin class that the Chinese word for ‘thing’ or ‘things’ is made up of dong, meaning ‘East’, and xi, meaning ‘West’. — ‘East’ and ‘West’ put together hence is used to refer to some non-descript entity, something that cannot or is not wished to [...]

An unfamiliar sense of excitement for the future…

It seems striking to me how often I have witnessed here a sense of excitement and potential for change with regard to the performing arts in China. Whether dance companies or experimental theatre and dance venue, many voices here talk about a chance for a strong development of a performance culture.

This has been expressed [...]

TAO Dance Theater visit

Before I head back to London tomorrow I wanted to share a few images and reflections on our visit to TAO Dance Theater. I had seen their performance last year at Sadlers Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, and it was insightful to observe one of their daily warm-up and training sessions at this visit.

Tao Ye, [...]