CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Modern dance examines life in Beijing

06-24-2010 08:55 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

A modern dance piece examining the relationship between body and soul has recently been staged at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

The show is called "Martlet," named after a mythical bird without feet who keeps flying throughout its entire life till the day it dies.

The piece centers on a legless bird who takes repose in the wind. Through countless days and nights, only once will its body brush the dust of the ground and that's the time when the bird bids farewell to the world.

The dance, based on this folk tale, is performed by artists from Beijing Contemporary Dance Theater. With no fancy stage designs or gimmicks, dancers simply imitate the moves of the bird on stage, with an attempt to reflect the fact that nowadays people are so busy that they have to eat and sleep on the run.

Still of dance "Marlet", named after a mythical bird without feet who keeps flying throughout its entire life till the day it dies. 
Still of dance "Marlet", named after a mythical bird without feet who keeps flying 
throughout its entire life till the day it dies. 

Yan Xiaoqiang, choreographer, said, "For people of my age, I've found five different states of life: the enthusiastic dreams for future, the unaccessible dreams, the hysterical dreams, the doubtful dreams, and the realization of dreams."

The dance performance is directed by Lin Zhaohua, who's famous for his dramas like "The Wedding and the Funeral" and "Wotou Club". The collaboration between Li and dance artists results in a contemporary work that strives to interpret the sense of wandering through body language.

Related stories

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program