First Ritual, Passage of Time, Sorrowful Song - 2012 The 9th Guangdong Dance Festival

2012-11-26 20:00 - 22:00

First Ritual, Passage of Time, Sorrowful Song - 2012 The 9th Guangdong Dance Festival

When: 26 Nov, 2012 Mon 20:00
Where: Guangdong Song and Dance Theatre

Sorrowful Song

©Wang Ning


Beijing Dance / LDTX
Duration: 60 min.


Programme Description: First Ritual
Choreography: Li Hanzhong, Ma Bo

First Ritual is a modern dance triptych exploring the notion of rituals, inspired by China's earliest ritual music and dance ceremony, "Cloud Gate," a mystical dance celebrating one of the bloodiest war victories in history. In this battle ceremony, the complex contradictions between man and ritual are brought into focus. Are body and soul one, are form and spirit separate? The music Orchestral Theatre II: Re by legendary composer Tan Dun provides the atmospheric background for Li and Ma's re-invention of an ancient rite.


Passage of Time
Choreography: Zheng Zhi

Memory is broken into pieces. Feeling is passing away…

Two of the BeijingDance/LDTX dancers, who are very outgoing, rebelliously and physically tell the passage of time.


Sorrowful Song
Choreography: LI Han-zhong, MA Bo

Sorrowful Song, choreographed jointly by LDTX's executive artistic director, LI Han-zhong and the company dancer/choreographer MABo. Drawing inspiration from and paying tribute to the music of the Polish composer, HenrykGorecki, who passed away in 2010 and was considered one of the great humanist composers of our time, The full company dancers from LDTX will move with the solemn sound of Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.


About the Company
Founded in September 2005, BeijingDance / LDTX (Lei Dong TianXia , literally translated as Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven) is China's first professional dance company founded independently from government. Under the artistic direction of Willy TSAO, China's foremost figure in modern dance, and deputy artistic director LI Hanzhong, the company boasts an ensemble technically exquisite dancers and a diverse repertoire. With a new generation of artists in China, BeijingDance / LDTX is a platform for creativity and serves as both a leader and a catalyst for the contemporary culture and the modern dance appreciation movement. Besides performing regularly in Beijing, the company has represented China and toured extensively all over the world, appearing in America, Europe, Australia and Asia.


About the Choreographers
LI Han-zhong graduated with a bachelor degree at the Beijing Dance Academy (Chinese Ethnic Dance) in 1991. Upon graduation, he joined the Guangdong Modern Dance Company as dancer, artistic assistant and choreographer. He was invited by Willy TSAO to be the Deputy Artistic Director for the Beijing Modern Dance Company in March 1999. In September 2005 he set up the BeijingDance/LDTX together with Willy TSAO and has been the company's deputy artistic director. LI has been invited by many dance institutions as guest choreographer. His major choreographic works include Sound of Heaven, All River Red, Undetermined Domain, Rear Light, The Bed Story and The Cold Dagger.

LI Han-zhong

MA Bo graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Beijing Dance Academy, division of Chinese Ethnic Dance in 1991 and became a faculty member at the Beijing Dance Academy. She joined the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 1993, and the Beijing Modern Dance Company in 1999 and became one of the founding members of the BeijingDance/LDTX in 2005. MA Bo is known for her creative energy, her own choreography includes Variation of Red and Garden of Memory. Since 1994, MA Bo and LI Han-zhong have worked together as partners in choreography, and produced works such as Undetermined Domain, All River Red, Rear Light and The Cold Dagger.

LI Han-zhong

ZHENG Zhi (Dancer) of Man ethnicity, was born in Shengyang, Liaoning Province. He began studying at the Shengyang Conservatory of Music's affiliated dance high school in 1997, after which he studied at the Minzu Univeristy of China's Dance Department in 2003.  In 2007 he joined the Guang Dong Modern Dance Company, and became a dancer for BeijingDance/LDTX in June of 2009.


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