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Modern dance examines life in Beijing

06-24-2010 08:55 BJT

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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.

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