Beijing Dance Theater

Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director/choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, the Beijing Dance Theater (BDT) has graced China’s dance stage with quality productions. Collaborating with renowned directors, composers, and visual artists, the BDT continues to showcase contemporary Chinese stage art to the world in style.

With amazing creativity and productive momentum, the BDT has built a repertoire of ten different works, which represent the creative team’s critical reflections on various facets of contemporary society. The repertoire includes: Stirred from a Dream, a dance-drama adapted from the Kunqu opera Peony Pavilion; Diary of Empty Space, an energetic triple-bill and the company’s opening performance; Haze, a contemplation in a time of crisis; Prism, a triple-bill featuring work by choreographers from Sweden, Denmark, and Canada; The Color of Love, a sensual exploration of the emotional landscape of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s; Harvest, a collection of Wang Yuanyuan’s short dance pieces; Martlet, which depicts life in Beijing; Middle, a collaboration with French choreographer Anthony Egea that integrates the movements of ballet, hip hop, and Tai Chi; and Golden Lotus, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2011.

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The BDT has toured Haze in world-class venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. It has also toured to over thirty cities in more than a dozen countries including Germany, Iceland, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, Columbia, and Ecuador.

In 2012, Wang Yuanyuan’s Dead Fire premiered at the Royal Danish Theatre. In the same year, Wild Grass opened in Suzhou and Shanghai, and to the Next Wave Festival (Brookly Academy of Music) in 2014.

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One of China's most famous directors is testing the very limit of the country's straight-laced attitudes.

The Telegraph, UK