Beijing Modern Dance Festival

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Country and Region ChinaBeijing
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Beijing, Beijing, China
Festival Contact Information

BeijingDance/LDTX (Lei Dong Tian Xia)
Beijing Dance Drama and Opera, Room 211
1 Shuang Jing Ba Ke Yang Shu
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100022
Phone: (8610) 6405 4842
Fax: (8610) 6405 4842

Festival Description

The 3rd annual Beijing Modern Dance Festival, May 6th-16th, 2010, is presented by BeijingDance/LDTX in collaboration with the National Centre for the Performing Arts. For the first time ever, The National Centre for the Performing Arts will be buzzing with internationally renowned modern dance performances, lectures, master-classes, and film screenings from the Jumping Frames international dance video festival. During the 2010 Beijing Modern Dance Festival (BMDF), BeijingDance/LDTX, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), Système Castafiore (France) and Inbal Pinto Avshalom Pollak Dance Company (Israel) will bring nine spectacular performances to NCPA.

The 3rd Annual Beijing Modern Dance Festival will present innovative and influential modern dance companies and works from all over the world. Through performances, discussions, workshops, lectures and films, the festival aims to present a broad range of modern dance artists to further educate, inspire and develop the Chinese modern dance audience and artistic community.

Festival Dates May 16 - 22, 2011
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Festival Story:

The BeijingDance/LDTX company, became one of China’s first non-governmental and independent professional dance companies. In 2005, the company first produced the Beijing International Dance Festival, an annual dance festival to engender international meeting and exchange among Chinese and international dancers. The aim is to bring together local dance companies with others from around the world for collaboration, networking, and to share their work and techniques. The focus of the festival is to promote contemporary choreography and to provide a platform for showcasing work.


Festival Events:

Programming 2010:
  • BeijingDance/LDTX
    The world premier by Tibetan Choreographer, Sang Jijia, Standing Before Darkness will be performed by BeijingDance/LDTX. The performance will be opening The 3rd Annual Beijing Modern Dance Festival. Sang Jijia demonstrates his unique style in which he ruminates on the dancers’ bodies and combines their brilliant technicality and pedestrian movements to evoke extreme psychological tension and asymmetry.
  • Guangdong Modern Dance Company
    Will perform two contrasting works — Upon Calligraphy and Rice Spice Zen Colors. Upon Calligraphy by Liu Qi, is a poem of movements developed from the stylistic essence of different Chinese scripts. The acuteness and tardiness of the bone script, the elegance of the seal script, the harmony of the official script, the strength of the regular script, and the expressiveness and freeness of the cursive script underline respectively the paragraphs of the dance. Rice,Spice,Zen Colors, created by GMDC’s artistic director, Pun Sui-fai in 2009, is a dance about food and desire, which uniquely demonstrates the cultural tastes and sensibilities surrounding Asian food.
  • City Contemporary Dance Company, and Helen Lai Very Dance! was created by veteran choreographer Helen Lai and performed by City Contemporary Dance Company. Using an exquisite blend of energy and emotion, Lai reveals the laughter and tears of dancers as performers and as people. You have never been this close to dance. In short, it’s all about dance and dancers.
  • Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company
    With the help of the Israeli Embassy, the festival has invited Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company (Israel) to perform Rushes and More, a surreal and tragic comedy. From this piece— a collaboration between Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak, and Robby Barnett (founder & choreographer of American-based “Pilobolus Dance Theater”) — emerges a triumph of elegant minimalism. Rushes employs objects as quotidian as simple chairs to masterfully convey an enchanting wit which will leave you moved and delighted.
  • Beijing Modern Dance Festival in Collaboration with the Croisements Festival
    Will present Système Castafiore (France) performing Manuel of Marvels, created by Marcia Barcellos and Karl Biscuit. Manuel of Marvels is an invitation to look into some of the literary mysteries using the method of Russian ethnographer and folklorist Vladimir Propp (The Morphology of the Fairy Tale, 1928). This method explores the thirty-one functions that are repeated in fairy tales of all world nations. This production of Manuel of Marvels is an exciting collaboration, as it will feature Chinese Actor Wu Xiao Dong who traveled to France in the winter of 2010 to rehearse with the company in preparation for their performances in China.
Programming information:
  • National Centre for Performing Arts
  • BeijingDance/LDTX
  • BeijingDance/LDTX Blog
  • Willy Tsao Blog


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2010:
  • Prices
    • Drama Theatre: VIP500 / 400/ 300 / 200 / 120 / 80 RMB
    • MF Theatre: 220 / 180 / 150 RMB
  • Discounts
    • BeijingDance/LDTX members, groups of more than 50, and festival set tickets of 5 performances receive a 20% discount
  • Buy
    • Ticketing Hotline 8610-66550000
    • Discount Ticketing Hotline: 8610-64054842
    • Ticket Agent
    • Online Ticketing, or 400-620-6006, or 65855755


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