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January 29, 2014

Chinese Dance Residency public events

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Chinese Classical Dance Master Class Residency with Visiting Artists from the Beijing Dance Academy
北京舞蹈学院的中国古典舞身韵研究(剑、水袖)—— 讲座和大师工作坊

February 7-21, 2014
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Shao Weiqiu 邵未秋 is Professor of Chinese Classical Dance at the Beijing Dance Academy. She is author of 中国古典舞袖舞教程 (Teaching Program for Chinese Classical Dance Sleeve Dance, 2004).

Zhang Jun 张军 is Professor of Chinese Classical Dance at the Beijing Dance Academy. He is author of 研剑习舞——中国古典舞剑舞集 (Research Sword, Study Dance: Collection of Chinese Classical Dance Sword Dance, 2012).

Movement Aesthetics in Chinese Classical Sword and Water Sleeve Dance – Lecture by Dr. Emily Wilcox (UM) and Master Class with Guest Artists From the Beijing Dance Academy
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Location: East Room, Pierpont Commons (North Campus)

This is the opening event for a two-week Chinese Dance residency with Guest Artists from the Beijing Dance Academy Shao Weiqiu and Zhang Jun, two of China’s foremost experts in Chinese classical sword and water sleeve dance. The event will open with a lecture by UM faculty Emily Wilcox introducing the history and aesthetic features of Chinese classical sword and water sleeve dance. This will be followed by hands-on workshops introducing basic techniques in Chinese Classical Sword and Sleeve Dance, in which all participants will have a chance to try out these movement forms. Finally, Professors Shao, Zhang, and Wilcox will engage in a moderated discussion on Chinese movement aesthetics, in which participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the process of working with Chinese movement techniques and props.

*This event is hosted by the UM Confucius Institute.

Contemporary Traditions in Dialogue: Workshop on Chinese and Javanese Stage Movement
Date: Saturday, Feb 8, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Michigan Room, Michigan League (2nd floor)

This event will feature roundtable discussion with the two Chinese classical dance artists in residence, as well as practitioners in Javanese classical dance and Javanese puppet theatre (wayang). Participants include famed Javanese shadow theater master and gamelan teacher Midiyanto (aka “Mas Midi”) and local Javanese dance artist Theresa Rohlck. Midiyanto is a Lecturer in Indonesian Gamelan at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently in residence at the University of Michigan Center for World Performance Studies. Theresa Rohlck is a practitioner of Javanese dance trained in Jogjakarta, Java. She teaches at the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan and frequently performs as a guest artist with the University of Michigan gamelan. Themes to be discussed include the use of props and costumes in Chinese and Javanese dance, the use of stylized movement to tell stories and create characters, and the construction and transformation of “classical” performance traditions in modern China and Indonesia.

*This event is presented with support from the UM Center for World Performance Studies, the Residential College, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Arts at Michigan.

Movement Aesthetics in Chinese Classical Sword and Water Sleeve – A Performance Conversation with Guest Artists From the Beijing Dance Academy
Date: Monday, Feb 10, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:30
Location: Educational Conference Center Room, 1840 School of Social Work

Professors Shao and Zhang will introduce important aesthetic dimensions of Chinese sword and water sleeve dance and discuss their connections with martial arts and Chinese indigenous theatre (xiqu). The guest artists will provide performance demonstrations using the sword and water sleeve, and audience members will have a chance to try out some of the movements themselves. The event will be introduced and moderated by CCS faculty affiliate Emily Wilcox, who is currently writing a book about the history and aesthetics of Chinese classical dance.

*This event is hosted by the UM Center for Chinese Studies.

The Chinese Dance Residency will include a two-week community workshop series that is free and open to the public, which will take place at various locations on Central Campus at 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Monday-Friday on Feb 10-20th (5:00pm-7:00pm on February 14th only). Participants must commit to attending the entire workshop series, including a public performance and reception at 5:00-7:00pm on the evening of Friday, Feb 21st. Observers are welcome. Places for the community workshop series are limited, and all props will be provided; interested individuals should contact Emily Wilcox at eewilcox[at]umich[dot]edu to reserve a place and find out the detailed location information.

Date: Monday, February 17th, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: B830 East Quadrangle.

This event is a full public screening of the 1959 Chinese dance film Precious Lotus Lantern (Bao Lian Deng 宝莲灯), widely considered to be the first full-length narrative work of modern Chinese classical dance. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session and discussion.

*This event is organized in conjunction with Arts and Ideas, World Dance, Residential College.

Date: Friday, February 21st, 2014
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Betty Pease Studio Theatre (Department of Dance Studio A)

This is the closing event for the two-week dance residency. A public performance by participants in the community workshop series will be followed by demonstrations by the guest artists and short Q&A discussion with residency participants and organizers. A guest performance will also be included by the UM Moli Chinese Dance Company. The event will follow with a reception for all participants.

Posted by zzhu at January 29, 2014 01:20 PM