Black – A trio of stunning contemporary works

EDC Black Guangdong Modern Dance Company Discover the best of international dance when some of China’s most talented and captivating dance artists join Queensland’s acclaimed ensemble from Expressions Dance Company for three achingly beautiful and compelling works in Black at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre for a limited season from 12 February 2016.

Showcasing the stunning artistry and exhilarating physicality of contemporary dancers, Black features a trio of brief works from three leading choreographers: Natalie Weir (EDC), Liu Qi (China) and Xing Liang (Hong Kong). Featuring sublime music and lighting, this Chinese/Australian collaboration draws multiple tales of exploration, emotion and poetry to celebrate our cultural connection.

Sumeru
According to an ancient saying, a grain as tiny as a mustard seed can reveal all the wonders of Mount Sumeru. Dance, like a mustard seed, may contain many interesting stories if you care to take a moment to look inside. Guangdong Modern Dance Company’s resident choreographer, Liu Qi, explores the gravity, energy and temperature which organically guides the kinesis of the body, creating a dynamic wash of exploration while in search of the mustard seed within Mount Sumeru.

Choreography: Liu Qi  Performance: Guangdong Modern Dance Company  Music Design: Thomas Lee Pettersen, Kung Chi Shing  Lighting Design: Low Shee Hoe

Don’t
Exploring the emotional power of words. Words that come between us, words that inspire us and words we wish we had never said. This exquisite work by Natalie Weir has never before been seen in Brisbane.

Choreography: Natalie Weir  Dancers: Expressions Dance Company  Design Concept: Francis Croese  Music Design: Max Richter  Costume Design: Bill Haycock  Lighting Design: Low Shee Hoe

Black
Black is a mysterious colour that’s full of the unknown and infinite possibility. In this Chinese-Australian collaboration, Hong Kong based choreographer, Xing Liang, alongside dancers from Expressions Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company have used materials and textures seen in their lives, such as architecture, poetry and experience to collage the dreamlike, fleeting and ineffable charm of black.

Choreography: Xing Liang  Dancers: Expressions Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company  Music Design: Kung Chi Shing  Costume Design: Linda Lee  Lighting Design: Low Shee Hoe

Guangdong Modern Dance Company, founded in 1992 by current director Willy Tsao, is mainland China’s first professional modern dance company. Based in one of the most vigorous regions in China, the company has attracted some of the most talented and daring artists in China. The company tours extensively to many regions around the world in North America, Europe and Asia.

Black – A trio of stunning contemporary works
Cremorne Theatre – QPAC, Cultural Precinct, Southbank (Brisbane)
Season: 12 – 20 February 2016
Bookings: 13 62 46 or online at: www.qpac.com.au

For more information, visit: www.expressionsdancecompany.org.au for details.

Image: Dancers from Guangdong Modern Dance Company will appear in Black – courtesy of Expressions Dance Company

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