This charged duet focuses on the dramatic conflict of gender roles expressed in men’s and women’s relationships. It questions commonly accepted concepts of original gender identity and voice. The passive and active roles are switched and expressed in the compelling interplay for control of the movement dynamic. It leads us to wonder with fascinating uncertainty - is this the male voice or the female voice speaking?
About the Choreographer:
Cheng-Chieh YU’s choreography explores the Asian Diaspora sensibility, encountering the related challenges of cultural and gender politics. YU’s choreographic imagery is built from postmodern dance methods, infused with the martial arts of TaiChiChuan/BaGuaZhang. Her international performance career began as a company member touring worldwide with the Taipei based Cloud Gate Dance Theater and she danced as a member of companies including – The Jose Limon Dance Company, Gus Solomons Dance Company, Bebe Miller Dance Company, and Ralph Lemon Dance Project. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA.
“Yu’s vision is unique and engaging…astounding and magical”
--The Dance Insider
Uphill is a game of hide and seek, a duet of simple beauty at the edge between game, provocation and confidence. Set in a bare room, with only two men standing at its centre, loud and pulsating music underlines the bodies’ architecture and the invisible lines of tension. Sometimes meditative, sometimes radical, they look for the core of human beings between the visible and the hidden. Like the cyclical nature of time, the situations and the relationships are repeated, but never the same. There is always the desire of the other - the friend, the brother, the stranger and perhaps even the enemy.
About the Choreographer:
Taiwan born dancer and choreographer Shang Chi SUN was educated as a ballet and contemporary dancer at the National Academy of Arts in Taipei and graduated from Ernst Busch University (Berlin) with a Master of Arts in Choreography. He has worked with various dance companies such as Sasha Waltz & Guests, Nürnberg Dance Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and Balletto Teatro Di Torino. Since the founding of his company in 2007, he has created several works which have been presented all over Europe and Asia such as Walk Faster (2007), Dialogue II (2008), Nüwa (2009), 4.48/Ohne Titel (2010), Je.Sans.Paroles (2011), Traverse (2011), and Genus (2011), a collaboration with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre 2. For his works he received various awards such as the "Bavarian Theatre and Literature Prize" (2005) from the IHK-Kulturstifung, "First Choreography Prize" (2008) at the 12th International Solo Tanz Festival Stuttgart, as well as the “LMF Dance Found” from Taiwan for two consecutive years (2009&2010).
Blue Room is a duet that explores relationships. It’s an open dialogue defined by constant development and changes through myriad possible existences of two individuals with their background, behaviors, languages and culture. The artists hope to illuminate the co-existence of two fully equal independent minds and bodies in the same space and time. This may include harmony, collision, overlap, confrontation or mutual support.
About the Choreographers:
In the year 2004, DAI Jian graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy (Modern Dance program). He was invited to join Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York in 2005, and has been dancing for the Trisha Brown Dance Company (USA) since 2008.
DAI Jian also works independently as choreographer and explores the possibility of multi-disciplinary work of arts. He has collaborated with video artist Katrina MCPHERSON on a documentary film Force of Nature, with visual artist Kimberly MAYHORN on a dance and installation project Reactance, with photographer YAO Keng on a photo-dance exhibition Less Pictures, More Images.
Elena DEMYANENKO is a graduate of the Academy of Theatrical Arts (Moscow) and has been dancing and choreographing in New York City since 2001. She was a member of Stephen Petronio Company (2003-2008), followed by working with Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-2012). As a recipient of a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowship for the creation of her new work, Elena premiered Disparate Bodies with Joe Poulson at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2011. Her works have been presented at venues such as Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place in the U.S. and Architecture of Movement Festival in Russia.
Programme: She Said He Said, He Said She Said
Choreographer: Cheng-Chieh YU
Music: David LANG, Kenny ENDO
Stage: Peter MELVILLE
Costume: Jim TSOU
Dancers: Cheng-Chieh YU, Johnny TU
Duration: 20 min
Programme: Uphill (Duet version)
Choreographer/ Costume: Shang-Chi SUN
Music: Jörg RITZENHOFF
Stage/ Lighting Design: Hans FRÜNDT
Lighting Operator in Beijing: Kamil ROHDE
Dancers: Gustavo GOMES, Ross MARTINSON
Duration: 25 min
Programme: Blue Room
Conceived and Choreography: DAI Jian, Elena DEMYANENKO