Gao Yanjinzi choreography
Rosa Mei choreography, stage manager, concept – Gao Yanjinzi choreography
Concept/direction : Rosa Mei
Choreography : Rosa Mei (Cie 13) & Gao Yanjinzi (BMDC) In cooperation with the dancers
Dancers (Cie 13) : Champion Bakomba, Yentl De Werdt, JianHui "Kamky" Zheng, Gerrit Wellens Adrian "Lobo" Miramontes
Dancers (BMDC) : Lei Yen, Du Xuebo, Sha Ri Na, Shi Xiaojuan
Sound Artist : Jean-François Blanquet
A cutting edge dance collaboration between Beijing Modern Dance Co (China) and Cie 13/Rosa
Mei (Belgium), Zoetrope I & II probes modernisation in China through evolving perceptions of time and space, from hutongs to massive, bright, shiny Tesco wonderlands. New and old China co-exist,
sometimes gracefully, sometimes squashed together like ungainly non-sequiturs. Limbs move like traffic patterns seen from skyscrapers at night. Images of high speed factory automation and digital spam serve as a backdrop for bodies dashing towards pixelated prosperity.
Part I (“then”), created by BMDC choreographer Gao Yanjinzi, juxtaposes humans and nature. Drifting cloudscapes parallel the Taoist views of action without action. Stillness is both natural (the body in repose) as well as forced. We see "slow people", a time lapse shot of crowds waiting in line in Beijing, and the strobe lights of static existence. Human circadian rhythms mingle with external time cues of nature.
Part II (“now”), created by Rosa Mei, shows life out of balance, the speed of modern China, life as industrial theme park.
Limbs move like traffic patterns seen from skyscrapers at night.
Images of high speed factory automation and digital spam serve as a backdrop for bodies dashing towards pixilated prosperity.
French composer Jean-François Blanquet will build a shifting sonic landscape for “Zoetrope I & II”, transforming sound into another type of movement full of oblique tension and modern displacement.