Choreography：LIU Qi，Natalie Weir，XING Liang
51°COSMOS is a remarkably delicate work from three of the world’s most acclaimed choreographers.Featuring a trio of achingly beautiful and compelling works, it is a poetic and stunning collaboration between the pioneers of Chinese modern dance, Guangdong Modern Company, and one of Australia’s premier contemporary dance companies, Expressions Dance Company. Premiered in Brisbane at the Queensland Performing Arts Center in February 2016, it ran for 7 sold-out performances. The show will premiere in Asia at the 13th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival.
Performance：Guangdong Modern Dance Company
In Buddhist imagery, a grain as tiny as a mustard seed can reveal all the wonders of universe. Dance, a small spectrum of this universe like a small grain, may contain many interesting stories and facets, revealing a whole world to those who dare looking closely. The work Sumeru is a game of physical interactions, gradually disclosing a world full of delicate, layered and ever changing connections and relationships through the dancers’ fluid and intriguing movements.
Exploring the emotional power of words. Words that come between us, words that inspire us and words we wish we had never said. This exquisite work by Natalie Weir has never before been seen in Brisbane.
Black is a mysterious colour that’s full of the unknown and infinite possibility.
In this Chinese-Australian collaboration, Hong Kong based choreographer, XING Liang, alongside dancers from Expressions Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company have used materials and textures seen in their lives, such as architecture, poetry and experience to collage the dreamlike fleeting and ineffable charm of black.
刘琦 LIU Qi
Liu graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy, Ethnic Dance Faculty, in 1991 and worked as a lecturer in the academy thereafter. Liu joined Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 1996. Since that time, she has served the company as a dancer, teacher, and artistic master. During 2004 to 2009, she was appointed as executive artistic director. In 2006, she was awarded the Century Star by the Guangdong Government for her outstanding achievements in the arts. She is working Guangdong Modern Dance Company as resident choreographer since 2009.
Natalie Weir is an established and acclaimed choreographer, known internationally for her highly physical partner work, her organic movement style and her touching insight into human nature.
Natalie trained at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and was a founding member of Expressions Dance Company. She has created over 170 professional works in her 31 year career, including major new works for world class companies such as The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Houston Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Natalie was resident choreographer for The Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet and was appointed EDC’s Artistic Director in 2009.
Born in Beijing, XING Liang graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1991 and became a dancer of the Academy’s Youth Dance Company . He joined Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 1993 and CCDC in 1998.
His choreography works include The Enigma of Desire-Dali vs Gala, Stranger Than Fiction, Nijinsky, Out of The Box, Princess Changping, Untitled, Nameless, Six Degree, Touched I and Touched II. He has also choreographed for the University of Queensland (Australia ), Codarts in Rotterdam(Netherlands),
Taipei University of Arts, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company(Hong Kong ), Singapore Dance Theatre and T.H.E Dance Company. He won the Gold Prize in the Modern Dance section of the Paris International Dance Competition and was hailed as “The Star of Century” by
Guangdong Provincial Government. He is also a four-time winner of the Hong Kong Dance Award (1999,2004,2006,2013), and received the Award for Outstanding Young Artist (Dance) and the Award for Best Artist (Dance) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
舞团介绍 About Company
广东现代舞团Guangdong Modern Dance Company
Guangdong Modern Dance Company, founded in 1992, is mainland China’s first professional modern dance company. Based in one of the most vigorous regions in China, the company has attracted some of the most talented and daring artists in China. Works created by its dancers, resident choreographers, artistic directors and international guest artists have won critical acclaim and overwhelming audience responses around the world.
The company tours extensively to many countries and regions around the world in North America, Europe and Asia.
艾斯普森舞蹈团 Expressions Dance Company
Expressions Dance Company (EDC) is one of Australia’s premier contemporary dance companies. Based in Queensland, EDC has created more than 170 works in its 32-year history. It offers an annual program of world-class productions and tours regularly within Australia and internationally. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Natalie Weir, EDC works with renowned choreographers and artists and also engages emerging local choreographers, designers and musicians. EDC has received multiple national dance awards for Natalie Weir signature works.
灯光设计Lighting Design：刘诗豪 LOW SHEE HOE
音乐设计Music Design：汤姆斯•李•皮特森 Thomas Lee Pettersen
龚志成 KUNG Chi Shing
麦克斯•理查特 Max Richter
服装设计Costume Design：K@FingPop, 比利•海科克Bill Haycock、李慧娥Linda LEE