I recently had an opportunity to witness Chinese dancer/choreographer Gao Yanjinzi teach a class in Halifax. Wow! Phenomenal strength and control married with explosive energy were the qualities that were readily apparent. Every hand gesture and limb movement was so precise, and seemingly butterfly light. It was thrilling to watch our local dancers tackle her movement and see it translated into their occidental bodies.
It really makes me wonder what we are going to see tonight, when Wen Wei Dance and the Beijing Modern Dance Company take to the Rebecca Cohn stage in Under the Skin, a work co-choreographed by Vancouver-based Wen Wei, and Beijing-based Yanjinzi. Each created work on the other’s dancers, creating a culture clash that I strongly suspect will be thoroughly enjoyable to witness.
Read Andrea Nemetz’s preview here.