Beijing Dance Theater
China's contemporary troupe fuses ballet and modern dance with traditional dance in its Kennedy Center debut with Haze, performed on a modified stage where the dancers fight to stay afoot, a metaphor linking pollution with spiritual confusion.
- Oct. 26 - 27, 2011
- Eisenhower Theater
- Approx. 70 minutes
- $22.00 - $60.00
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Wang Yuanyuan, Artistic Director
"One of China's most famous ballet directors is testing the very limits of the country's strait-laced attitudes."
--The Telegraph, UK
With the goal of leading the cultivation of dance and arts in China and bringing a glimpse of the creative vision of modern China to the world, Beijing Dance Theater was established in December 2008 with Wang Yuanyuan at its creative helm.
The company makes its Kennedy Center debut performing the critically acclaimed full evening work titled Haze, in which dancers perform in the midst of a smog cloud on a padded stage, throwing their movements into an off-kilter metaphor for life in modern China.
"The idea for Haze originally came from Beijing's environment," Ling Meng, the company's executive producer tells the New York Times, "as well as the instability of the global economy. Young people feel confused about the future, and this is reflected by the floor; even a very simple movement is different for the dancers, and requires a lot of energy. But, finally, they stop being afraid to fall."
Originally founded under the auspices of the Chinese government, the company has artistic integrity as its central value. "If you are only seeking money, you will take the wrong road and you will never return,'' says Wang Yuanyuan, the company's director. "You have to maintain your purity.''
Performance Timing: Approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission.
Explore the Arts: On October 26, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.
CHINA: The Art of a Nation, a series on the arts and culture of China inspired by the Center's acclaimed Festival of China in 2005, revisits the flourishing arts of one of the 21st century's world powers with nearly 300 artists spanning all genres of the performing arts.