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After Dark

Choreography: ZHANG Xi

Performance: X-zero Dance Theater (Hangzhou, CN)


A Short, Thick Rainbow

Choreography/PerformanceUnlock Dancing Plaza (HK, CN), Namstrops (JP)


Performance Date/Time: July 27th, 2018 (Friday) 17:00

Performance Venue: Studio Theatre, Beijing Tianqiao Performance Arts Center

Ticket Info: ¥160





After Dark

Choreography: ZHANG Xi

Performance: X-zero Dance Theater (Hangzhou, CN)


After Dark is adapted from the short novel of the same name by the famous Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. It reflects on happenings between 11pm and 6am and the self-breakdown of urbanites and the distortion caused by the structured space in a city towards human nature. 


 

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Choreography: ZHANG Xi

ZHANG Xi is artistic director of X-zero Dance Theater. He graduated from School of Dance of Shandong College of Arts and receiving a master's in Modern Dance from Kangwon National University Faculty of University of Culture and Arts in South Korea studying under professor CHO Sung Hee. ZHANG has received various awards including first prize in 8th Mount Tai Literary and Art Award in Shandong Province, Golden Lion Award of 16th World Dance Art Competition in Singapore, and first prize in Youth Dance Competition in Shandong Province for several years. As an independent choreographer/dancer, ZHANG has worked with many Korean choreographers and performed at Chuncheon International Mime Festival, the Seoul International Dance Festival, the Guangdong Modern Dance Week, the Beijing Dance Double-week, the Hangzhou International Dance Week and other major dace festivals.

 


 

Acknowledgement:

School of Arts Peking University

 





A Short, Thick Rainbow

Choreography/Performance: Unlock Dancing Plaza (HK, CN), Namstrops (JP)


Co-created by Unlock Dancing Plaza from Hong Kong and Namstrops from Japan, A Short, Thick Rainbow is a piece combining dance and sports where dancers of different cultures and training backgrounds together build a cross cultural rainbow bridge. The piece premiered in Hong Kong in 2016, and has since been presented in Love As Much As You Dance Festival in Tokyo, the Comic Dance Festival in Seoul, the Macau City Fringe Festival and the Movement Art in Miyazaki Japan. 


 

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Unlock Dancing Plaza was founded in 2002 with a unique style with ONG Yong Lock as its artistic director. Unlock is collaborate closely with artists from different disciplines in search of liberation of the bondage through co-creation and interaction, bringing to the audience a new experience. The Company’s “Unlock Body Lab” is devoted to exploring dance through the lens of the body, delving into the study of organic combination of body movement and self-consciousness. Recent productions include Simon Says, Never-Never Land, Boy Story. Reborn , and Wanderer. It has received Hong Kong Dance Awards. The company is financially supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2009.

 

Namstrops was founded in 2006 in Miyazaki, Japan. The reversal of its name stands for sportsman, depicting not only its athletic background of its members but also of its methodology. Namstrops explores boundary between sport, art and education; develops the body and creates works with the combining of these three disciplines and names this approach as “Contemporary Artistic Physical Education”. Members of the group have rich teaching experience, and have created a “creative dance” program and study materials for the Japanese Physical Education Curriculum. Namstrops runs a Miyazaki C-Dance Center in collaboration with University of Miyazaki. The group has performed in dance and theatre festivals in various countries such as China, Estonia, Romania, South Korea, and UK.


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