Layer Code is the latest work created by SANG Ji-jia for LDTX after his much acclaimed Unspeakable in 2009 and Standing before Darkness in 2011.
The virtual reality prevails nowadays, where people can override the past record and reset the process by one simple push of a button. What if the life is real? Could the accumulation of living experience be started all over again? The motion and emotion, while repeated, could be the same as those before the reboot?
In Layer Code, the choreographer imaginatively manipulates the stage's time and space to allow the dancers and the audience to experience the movements in many layers of setting. It is an experiment itself to explore physically the relationship between the body and the dimensional elements, and to examine philosophically the possibility of human living through a same life again.
SANG JI JIA (Artist-in-Residence / Choreographer)
An ethnic Tibetan born in Gansu Province, Sang Jijia had been a dancer with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company from 1993 to 1998 and won the gold medal at the Paris International Modern Dance Competition in 1996. Sang was named "Star across the Century" by the Guangdong Province in 1997. He was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Scholarship and the American Dance Festival Scholarship in 1998. He joined CCDC in December 1999. In 2002, under the auspices of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Program, Sang studied choreography under William Forsythe and stayed with the Forsythe Company as choreographer and dancer until 2006. Sang Jijia returned to China in 2007 and became the Resident Artist of Beijing Dance / LDTX. Sang's works have been presented in Korea's Chang Mu Dance Festival, Swiss International Dance Festival, International Computer Music Festival (Hong Kong), Taipei Arts Festival, Holland Dance Festival. His major works include Unspeakable, Standing Before Darkness, 1979, Sway, Comrades, Sticks etc.