BeijingDance/LDTX, the captivating and groundbreaking dance company from China, will perform its first concert ever in Minnesota on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.
Led by Artistic Director Willy Tsao and Deputy Artistic Director, Li Hanzhong, BeijingDance/LDTX is the first modern dance company founded independently from the Chinese government. Since 2005, the company has called China’s capital its home, but its veteran choreographers and exceptionally talented dancers from a new generation reflecting cultural change in Chinese society are sharing the motivating works with communities around the globe.
Although this is the first time Tsao brings BeijingDance/LDTX to Minnesota, Tsao has local connections, for he has danced and trained with Kathy Mohn, dance specialist at Linwood Arts Plus in St. Paul.
“Criteria I look for when programming the Target World Music and Dance Series include performers who surprise, amaze, inspire and transcend joy through their craft – and on these principles, BeijingDance/LDTX certainly delivers,” says Heather T. Spicuzza, Ordway’s artistic director of world music, dance and the International Children’s Festival.
BeijingDance/LDTX (Lei Dong Tian Xia), which translates literally as “Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven,” serves as both a leader and a catalyst for the techniques of modern and contemporary dance and the dance appreciation movement. In June 2009, the company founded LDTX II in order to further nurture young talent in the arts and expose the most cutting-edge choreography to as many audiences as possible.
For the Ordway program, BeijingDance/LDTX will perform four critically acclaimed works including an excerpt from “The Cold Dagger,” a ten-minute version of the company’s full-length work during which dancers play with the Chinese idiom likening life to a game of chess; “Sky,” which explores acceptance, trust, hope, and continuance; an excerpt from “One Table N Chairs,” one of nine scenes that together compose the full-length work that was inspired by local operas in various regions of China; and finally, “All River Red,” a piece that reflects the development of contemporary dance in 20th century China, one that is a direct and aggressive confrontation between those adhering to tradition and those inspired to innovate.
Prior to the BeijingDance/LDTX public performance, the Ordway will host a free Ordway Extra program led by Willy Tsao in the Ordway’s Marzitelli Foyer at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the company will offer a modern dance master class in the Ordway’s Drake Room on April 4 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. To learn more about these events, visit ordway.org/events.