Wed., Oct. 19 to Sat., Oct. 22: BAM presents the US premiere of Beijing Dance Theater. Evening-length Haze addresses China’s recent environmental and economic crises. Choreography by Wang Yuanyuan, composition by Henryk Górecki and Biosphere, set design by Tan Shaoyuan, and lighting design by Han Jiang.
Beijing Dance Theater was co-founded in 2008 by artistic director and choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, hailed as “one of China’s ‘three queens’ of modern dance” (China Daily), and has since gained a reputation for pushing physical and artistic boundaries. With Haze—which marks a US premiere for both the company and the work—Wang (Raise the Red Lantern, 2005 Next Wave) addresses the unsettling effects of recent economic and environmental crises by literally destabilizing her dancers, setting them on a bare stage covered in thick sponge mats as they struggle to keep their balance. Divided into three chapters and set to music by Henryk Górecki and electronic act Biosphere, Haze powerfully illustrates the uncertain progress of the individual in times of seismic change beyond his or her control. At the same time, in a kind of creative paradox, the foam’s cushioning effect enables the dancers to accomplish certain physical feats that would otherwise be impossible.
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Tickets start at $20
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