The Peacock - A Dance Drama by Yang Liping

2014-04-19 20:15 - 2014-04-21 17:00

The Peacock - A Dance Drama by Yang Liping

When: 19-20 Apr Sat-Sun 20:15, 21 Apr Mon 15:00 2014
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The Peacock Poster


Artistic Director/Chief Choreographer/Lead Dancer: Yang Liping
Art Director/Scenographer/Costume Designer/Stylist: Tim, Yip Kam Tim
Deputy Chief Choreographer: Gao Chengming
Performing Group: Yunnan Yang Liping Dance Company

The dance drama The Peacock is in four parts: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. It is a story about maturation, human nature, living and love as well as the interplay and fusion between life and cosmic forces. Each character in the dance drama represents different facets of human nature - light and enlightenment, dedication and sacrifice, fear and stubborn greed - which are all common features of Man.

The Peacock Still

Human weaknesses are revealed time and again in the complex and painful entanglements faced by the characters in the drama, yet in the end, through dedication and love, they find the answer to life in the rotation of the seasons.

This is at once a story about a peacock and more so an allegory for humanity. An ancient allegory on the surface, it is nonetheless aptly relevant to the vulnerable, conflicting inner soul of us today. In it we find love and hatred, crime and punishment, infatuation and disorientation, jealousy and vanity, forgiveness and repentance, enlightenment and coming to terms…

The Peacock Still

Freedom is an inborn quest. Man tries to break free from cages visible or invisible, but can they escape from the laws of nature?


Spring: Budding life
Wild flowers are budding in the forest. Nature is quietly waking from its lull. A peacock comes out in spring and dances an ode to youth, pristine and free. There is a solo dance by Yang Liping called The Spirit of the Peacock.


Summer: The exuberance of youth
In the forest, rich flora is blooming and celebrating their prime in life. Our heroine (Yang Liping) enters in her glorious dress and dances to the music of Peacocks in Love. Life nourished by love blossoms out like the exuberant summer. But the peacock couple’s happiness is soon marred, when the beautiful dress rouses the jealousy of the crow. The very image of darkness, the crow descends into the peacock community with the intention of snatching the beautiful female. The male peacock (Wang Di) fights it for dear life. The theme of Peacocks in Love reappears, only this time with the tragic tone of separation and death.


Autumn: After maturation is sacrifice
When prosperity has reached its zenith, the next inevitable phase is decline. Time is a witness to life's joys and sorrows. The desolation of autumn sets in like life's misery, with the ode of pristine lyricism replaced by struggles for selfish gains and vain glory.


Winter: The calm of nirvana
It is nothingness in the grey sky and stillness on the lake in the frigid cold. Life dances with the gods in the wind, while the enlightened soul passes calmly from life to death amidst the snow. It is winter; our heroine expresses her grief for her lover in a slow dance of sorrow. The peacock spirit, once freely flying in the sky, fell to earth and tasted love and hate, freedom and incarceration, and the ordeal of life and death, and is now finally meeting the gods. The winter peacock has shed its splendid outfit, as if life has settled back to a state of ordinariness from a stint of affluence and opulence. The pure, pristine state of the Spirit of the Peacock returns.


Yang Liping
Yang Liping is a native of the Bai ethnic nationality of Yunnan and developed a passion for dance when she was young. Although never formally trained in any dance academy, she is naturally gifted and, powered by an unusual imagination, she has become the internationally renowned dance artist of today. She came into prominence with Spirit of the Peacock, which she choreographed and performed herself, in 1986 and was named one of the ten "Persons of the Year" by Beijing Daily in 1988. Over the years, Yang has been on many artistic exchange tours to various parts of the world, in a bid to promote and explore dance as an art form. Her notable works include Two Trees, Fire and A Female-dominant World. Since 2001, she has dazzled the nation with her song and dance spectaculars Dynamic Yunnan - In Search of Shangri-la, Tibetan Myth and Echoes of Shangri-la, and with an evergreen image that she never ages.

As a choreographer and dancer, Yang has taken her inspiration from folk culture, nature, the earth, and various forms of art. She stays close to her own soil but, in spirit, she is a born transcendentalist. This has won her the accolades as a "dancer poet" and the "spirit of dance". Other than the dancer ego, she is also a collector and bearer of ethnic and folk art. In this regard, she has never stopped in her pursuit and as a result, she has made tremendous contribution to these forms. Her broad vision and open-mindedness have lent her boundless freedom between East-West cultures and contemporary art. Her career of forty years has shaped Yang to what she is today - a dancer in celebration of Life, an artist who sees the interrelationships between things and therefore is continuously inspired to create the new.


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