Red, the latest work by the Beijing-based “Living Dance Studio”, is a documentary performance with revolutionary model opera as its point of departure. The deconstruction of this artwork created in that particular era is an exploration into the body memories engraved by that particular movement.
Four dancers of varied background appear in Red: WEN Hui, the director, grew up with the eight model operas, to which her feelings and experience is complicated. LIU Zhuying was a performer in the era of model operas and her movements today remain as high-spirited as they were back then. JIANG Fan, a contemporary dancer, reviews and criticizes with the contradictions that escape from her body, on which model opera, classical dance, xiqu and modern dance juxtapose. LI Xinmin, a village woman without any dance training at all regards her body as the tool of her manual labor and the expression of her being a villager, a female villager.
Red transcends dance from the obsession of body technique and the form of dance to regarding the body as a language of story-telling. Centered on our memories and reflection, Red is a not-to-be-missed performance that strives to present life memories inseparable from the body itself.
HKAAA is the supporting organisation of the i-Dance Festival (HK) 2016.
"Red" – A Documentary Performance (with meet-the-artist session)
Venue: Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium
Date & Time: 17-18/11/2016 8pm
Ticket Price: $260 | $200
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