Two presentations at the Peridance Capezio Center combine artists who share deep understanding of the Chinese folk dance practice, but approach this rich tradition from very different angles. Shanghai-born and NYC-based dancer and choreographer Yin Yue will show original works in contemporary style, showcasing her signature combination of emotional freedom and technical flair in pieces performed by members of her company. The modern offering by Yin Yue Dance Company will be complemented by a selection of traditional pieces of Chinese classical and folk dance, performed by 21-piece ensemble of students from the Jiangxi Zhongshan Dance School, the only private school rated among top 10 of China’s many professional dance training organizations. The idea behind the program is a unique synthesis of two different dance idioms and approaches to movement and expression – of East and West, improvisation and composition, of emotion and technique, of modernity and ancient tradition. Modern dance ensemble will be joined by Jiangxi Zhongshan Dance School performers in a presentation unlike any other involving Chinese dancers visiting New York City.

One of the most important aspects of this presentation is familiarizing the audience not only with the ancient tradition of Chinese dancing, which – in different forms – has been increasingly present in New York, but also the current state of the art in China: both in its local form, as presented by dancers of Jiangxi Zhongshan School and in the form highly transformed by Western influences and individual approach of Yin Yue dance Company. The leader of the company, dancer-choreographer Yin Yue is hoping to establish this presentation as an annual event, not only showcasing emerging Chinese artists and her own work, but also creating a platform for the young Chinese to be exposed to Western audiences, artist and ideas, rarely available to them due to Internet access restriction and limited international exchange possibilities.

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