Category Archives: Dance

Storyteller Revels in Horror Potential of the Stage

After six years of copyright disputes, celebrated Hollywood writer Martin McDonagh’s award-winning and psychologically tense tale of The Pillowman is being staged in Chinese. The story follows Katurian, a writer of short stories that depict violence against children, who has is arrested because of...


Ping Pong practices contemporary culture exchange

Many foreign students come to China each year, but few are like Alison Friedman. After studying, working and living in Beijing for a decade, Friedman decided to stay in China to establish Ping Pong Productions (PPP), her company devoted to “bringing China and the...


Salsa lights up the stage at The One

Fourteen salsa troupes competed at the 2013 China Salsa Congress at The One studio this weekend. In addition to Chinese dancers, many came from the expat community and from abroad. The show opened with a troupe of 10-year-old Chinese dancers who performed a variant...


Salsa fans dance for chance to represent China

Kate Virshki from Kazakhstan University of International Business and Economics students Kate and Darina Virshki, Olympic gymnast Wang Xiaoyan and national gymnast Zhen Zhen have caught the global salsa fever. The four are preparing for the 5th China Salsa 2013 Congress, which begins next...


Embracing individuality

White Night, scheduled for this month at BeijingDance/LDTX Theater, poses a question: should everything be defined as “yin” or “yang” (the two opposing principles in nature) two extremes? Wang Yuanqing, making his debut as a choreographer, may provide some ideas. Realizing concepts “White is...


The loss of emotional bonds

Few things are more frustrating in life than seeing a computer crash and destroy all your saved data. But an artist in Beijing has made an art out of this loss, reinterpreting the experience as a dance about seeking, deconstruction and creation. Sang Jijia’s...


Foreignness of bodies: Dance “Milk & Bread/Rice & Water”

“Milk&Bread / Rice&Water”, premiered in Berlin in 2011, explored foreignness of bodies. It’s promising opening credits emphasize the differences between bodies and movement, suggesting that the piece that might flip our preconceived notions about both. It endeavors to explore if there is a dimension...


Suffering for love

As director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet for almost 40 years, Neumeier, 70, is one of the few living choreographers able to create full-length story ballets. His high productivity and powerful narrative approach come from an interest in history, literature and drama....


‘Raise the Red Lantern’ Ballet Charms Critics, Upsets Purists

Acclaimed movie director Zhang Yimou unveiled his ballet version of the multiple-award winning movie, Raise the Red Lantern, at the refurbished Tianqiao Theatre on May 2. Ever since the China Central Ballet Theatre announced rehearsals earlier this year, “Raise the Red Lantern” has received...