Where: Shanghai Grand Theatre 上海大剧院, 300 Renmin Da Dao, People’s Square, near Huangpi Bei Lu, Metro Line 1, 2 & 8 People’s Square Station, 人民大道300号, 近黄陂北路, 地铁1, 2, 8号线人民广场站
Starts: Sat. Mar 13th 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm, (The Sunday show has been cancelled)
Cover: RMB 50-380. Ticket prices varies depending on the seats
A busy lady with a busy dance company – just back from Australia and only one month after their last Shanghai performance, they are now on stage here again. This coming weekend, – Jin Xing and her dance troupe, Jin Xing Dance Theatre, take on the Shanghai Grand Theatre with the piece Made in China – Return of the Soul, a work that takes the idea of China as the worlds biggest factory and contrasts it with the pressured individuals behind that machinery.
This multimedia work combines contemporary dance and visual art and is performed to a tailor-made musical score. It is not a new production – the act had its world premiere three years ago and is now back in Shanghai. But this is not the first time Jin Xing has reused old material, lucky for those of us who didn’t have the opportunity to attend the original performances.
The creation originates from the Chinese kunqu opera The Peony Pavilion and its leading character Du Liniang. Jin Xing has taken the opera’s central scene Dream in the Garden (You Yuan Jing Meng) – to reflect the reality of urban society in China today.
“Made in China” is the label of millions of products coming from the world´s biggest factory. Behind this label and in the factory people are heavily pressured by the dynamic rhythm of modern life. The idea of pure and romantic love slowly fades out from reality. But the dream of love still exists as subjective reality of millions of men and women, a reality outside of this urban world where the people can live their loves and desires.
The piece contrasts the abstraction of metropolitan life with the fragile individual fate of Du Liniang yearning for love, longing for the dreams to come true.
Jin Xing and her company have had a quite hectic schedule lately: in October last year, Jin Xing put together the fourth round of Shanghai Dance, a festival visited by highly acclaimed international dance troupes and performers. Last month she gave the melodious and esthetically thrilling Shanghai Beauty at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. Just two weeks ago the troupe managed to squeeze in a trip to Australia, where they were the first private Chinese dance company to take part in the Adelaide Festival, where “the four evenings were full house, sold out and great” according to a Radio Australia interview with Jin Xing.
And so, this weekend feet will work the floor and legs will swirl the air again. Sore muscles anyone?