The ArtsCross/Danscross project began in 2009 with an international collaboration between Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) and Middlesex University’s ResCen research centre. In 2011 the project expanded to include Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), becoming a model for international collaboration and exchange in dance. Bringing together leading national and international choreographers, senior academic researchers and outstanding dancers in a creative partnership, the project has begun to develop a ‘body’ of shared knowledge. This has involved choreographers’ creative efforts, the in-depth perspectives of academic researchers, and dancers’ creative interpretations and performances, but it has also developed a space of freedom in which to explore cultural collisions and intellectual exchanges in unbounded ways.

Danscross Beijing in 2009 and ArtsCross Taiwan in 2011 had the themes “Dancing in a shaking world” and “Uncertain…waiting…” respectively. In 2012 the project returns to Beijing once again, with “Light and Water” as the theme. The two distinct mediums in the theme this time offer an opportunity to create a completely different ‘cultural feeling’ with new meanings and images. Choreographers from Beijing, Taipei and Europe will each produce a dance work responding to the theme from their different perspectives and individual styles, resulting in a series of brand new stage performances. Our focus in the research project however, is on the working environment and practices of the artists. We examine the particular to see the panoramic, and the resulting performances, conference debates and writings contribute to the ways we understand each other across national and other borders, and to the creation of a unique comparative study.

 

“跨艺·舞动无界”项目是始于2009年北京舞蹈学院和英国密德萨斯大学ResCen表演艺术创作研究中心合作的一个国际舞蹈创作研究与演出项目,2011年台北艺术大学舞蹈学院加入,逐渐成为一个国际舞蹈合作交流的典范。具有影响力的国内外一线编导、资深舞蹈研究学者和优秀舞者共同构成活动的主体,不仅有编导的精心创造,学者的深刻视角和舞者的倾力诠释,更有自由无界的文化碰撞和交流。

2009年舞动无界的主题是“起舞于动荡世界”,2011年舞动无界的主题是“不确定的等待”,分别在北京和台湾进行。2012年舞动无界再次回到北京举行,今年的主题为“光与水”,通过两种不同文化感的介质,提供了一个更加具有意味和形象的创作主题。来自北京、台北和欧洲的编导们根据主题进行了不同视角和不同风格的独立创作,北京和台北的舞者合作排练,构成整台世界首演的当代舞蹈作品晚会。项目的焦点更在于各国学者全程跟踪创作过程和观察创作环境,并通过具体个案探讨共性的实践研究与比较研究。希望通过演出和论坛,能让我们更好地从文化上理解彼此。

 

ArtsCross Beijing 2012: Light and Water

Choreographers:

Robin Dingemans (UK)
Annie Pui Ling Lok (UK)
Rachel Lopez de la Nieta (UK) – Ben Ash (Assistant)
Tsai Huichen (TW) – Francesco D’astic (Assistant)
Wu Yisan (TW) – Wong Jyh Shyong (Assistant)
Bulareyaung Pagarlava (TW) – Huang Yuhsiang (Assistant)
Zhang Yuanchun (China)
Liu Yan (China)
Zhao Xiaogang (China)
Wan Su (China)

Dancers:

Zhao Zhibo (China)
Guo Jiao (China)
Liu Xiao (China)
Ma Jiaolong (China)
Gao Yan (China)
Cai Wenjin (China)
Chen Nan(China)
Feng Qi (China)
Feng Zhenqi (China)
He Ying (China)
Huang Wei (China)
Xu Chi (China)
Wang Bo (China)
Wang Luxi (China)
Wang Ke (China)
Wang Yang (China)
Yuan Wenbin (China)
Chou Tzuching (Taiwan)
Hsiao Anan (Taiwan)
Huang Hsiaoting (Taiwan)
Lai Tingtzu (Taiwan)
Lee Jyuenuoh (Taiwan)
Li Yichi (Taiwan)
Lu Yingchu (Taiwan)
Mauro Sacchi (Taiwan)
Ning Chi (Taiwan)
Tseng Wenyu (Taiwan)

Academics:

Martin Welton (UK)
Ted Warburton (USA)
Rebecca Loukes (UK)
Ola Johansson (UK)
Alexandra Kolb (UK)
Stefanie Sachsenmaier (UK)
Naomi Inata (Japan)
Tong Yan (China)
Wu Yan (China)
Mu Yu (China)
Wang Xin (China)
Du Xiao Qing (China)
Pan Li (China)
Ping Heng (Taiwan)
Wang Yunyu (Taiwan)
Tseng Rayuan (Taiwan)
Lin Yatin (Taiwan)
Chen Yaping (Taiwan)
Ho Hsiaomei (Taiwan)
Tsou Shinning (Taiwan)
Renata Sheppard (Visiting Scholar Taiwan)
Liao Shanni (Taiwan)

Donald Hutera – Dance writer (UK)
Richard Layzell – ResCen Research Associate Artist (UK)

ArtsCross Partners:
Eddie Nixon – Director, Theatre and Artist Development, The Place (UK)
Jih-Wen Yeh – Artistic Director/Producer Step Out Arts (UK)
Andrew Lang, Nigel Boardman – Documentors (UK)

With support from: Arts ands Humanities Research Council

Special thanks to the ArtsCross Patrons: Dr. and Mrs. Richard and Rosalind Lee