Festival Presented By BeijingDance/LDTX In Collaboration With The National Center For The Performing Arts
This week, the Beijing Modern Dance Festival will kick off at the National Center for the Performing Arts, more commonly referred to as “The Egg,” continuing through May 16. The festival will include nine performances by mainland Chinese dance troupes BeijingDance/LDTX and the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company, France’s Systme Castafiore and Israel’s Inbal Pinto Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, along with workshops, lectures, film screenings and master classes from the Jumping Frames international dance video festival.
The festival will formally open on May 6 with the world premiere of Standing Before Darkness, a work by Tibetan Choreographer Sang Jijia performed by BeijingDance/LDTX.
The first modern dance group in China, Guangdong Modern Dance Company will perform two contrasting works called Upon Calligraphy and Rice Spice Zen Colors, while the City Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong will present Very Dance!, which they say “reveals the laughter and tears of the dancers as performers and as people”.
Israeli troupe Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company’s Rushes and More is a minimalistic work that employs quotidian objects such as chairs.
While another overseas group, the Systme Castafiore from France, will present Manuel of Marvels, a work featuring Chinese actor Wu Xiaodong who traveled to France in the winter of 2010 to rehearse with the company.
The Beijing Modern Dance Festival (第三届北京现代舞展演周)
May 6-16, 2010 (2010年5月6日－5月16日）
National Center for the Performing Arts (国家大剧院)
2 Chang’an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing (北京市西城区西长安街2号)