Free Man From The South
Choreography byWilly TSAO
Pioneer in contemporary dance in China
20 years in the making, 26 poems, 15 dancers
A choreographer engages in a dialogue across time and space with LI Bai, poet of the Tang Dynasty.
This acclaimed work returns to the Shanghai stage, and the the piece is gentle with a touch of humor
The words, the poet, and the choreography — together they go beyond one’s imagination of dance.
From "Seeing the moonlight before my bed so bright" to "In our heyday we should make merry to the fullest",under the combination of music played by traditional instruments,the colors of the Tang Dynasty, and the minimalist settings on stage, choreographer Willy TSAO invites you to enter into his "free man's world".
Poems by LI Bai of Tang Dynasty serves as a starting point in Free Man From the South. It is not about the life on the poet nor to express his feelings; instead it explores imagery behind the words under the contemporary dance theater aura.
The piece is set in four acts with: Mountain, Water, Flower and Moon, the four favorite subjects appeared throughout LI Bai’s poems. Each act is represented by six poems, plus the prologue To Officer LU Xuzhou regarding Mountain Lu and the Epilogue Song of Ending. A total of 26 well-known poems therefore serves as the text of the piece.
The 15 dancers play the role of both the poet LI Bai as well as the genies arised from the imagination of the poet. The dancers will both be reciting the elegant verses as well as dancing through the intricate movements, all under a simple background without the hovering of any extravaganza of props nor set, enabling the wholesome white stage to become a free space for the audience to runaway on one’s own imagination.
Choreographer: Willy TSAO
Poems: LI Bai (Tang Dynasty)
Lighting Designer: Joy CHEN Shi-yue
Costume Designer: XING Ya-meng
Founder/Artistic Director, BeijingDance/LDTX
Council Member, China’s Chinese Dancers Association
Vice Chairman, Guangdong Provincial Dancers Association
Former Artistic Director, City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong)
Former Artistic Director, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (Guangzhou)
BeijingDance/LDTX (AKA: LDTX) is a civilian-run professional dance company, co- founded in 2005 by Willy TSAO and LI Han-zhong. Its name,LDTX, is an acronym for Lei Dong Tian Xia which translates as “thunder rumbles in the universe”. Since its establishment,it has been under the artistic direction of TSAO.The company operates in full perspectives of creation, performance,education and outreach programs,providing a platfor where Chinese artists may freely express their thoughts and sentiments,thus driving forward the multi-facet development in dance.Since it was founded, the company has created a full repertoire and has been invited to perform nationally and internationally in more than 20 countries.
It conducts workshops in cities throughout China;and curates&organizes significant international cultural festivities such as the Beijing Dance Festival,the Greater Bay Dance Festival,the China Dance Station alliance, and the Lunar Charioteer program.
The company’s 15 professional talented dancers come from cities across China, who are passionately dedicated to the art and creation,infusing individuality with exquisite artisanship,techniques and creativity.
Performance tickets are now
available for purchase
19:30, March 25th, 2023
14:00, March 26th, 2023
Grand Theater @ Shanghai International Dance Center Choreography:
A Beijing Dance/LDTX production&performance
Ticket: 80/180/280/380/480 RMB
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