JK Blackwell

dreamer. photographer. perfectionist.

— @twoguineapigs on Twitter.


A couple of behind-the-scenes documentary I shot from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who are on their way to Berlin Salsacongress. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

Excerpt

The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.

In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».


Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Sep 30

Another lot of behind-the-scenes shots I documented of CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe taking a break in between rehersing for Berlin Salsa Congress 2014. It’s tough being a professional dancer - 12 to 14 hours of training every day.

The team is on their way to Berlin as we speak - I wish them all the best!

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Sep 30

Another lot of behind-the-scenes shots I documented of CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe rehersing for Berlin Salsa Congress 2014. The team is on their way to Berlin as we speak - I wish them all the best!

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Sep 30

I felt their passion and freedom when they dance. A few behind-the-scenes images (of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Sep 27

Another image (one of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

Excerpt

The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.

In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 

See previous post for full transcript.

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Sep 25
Another image (one of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  
Excerpt
The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 
See previous post for full transcript.Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014
CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook
If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

An image from my recent assignment in Shanghai (my first international assignment) for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

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The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.

In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 

Highlights

1. Entirely Original Production

This show was not created by a mere flash of inspiration, but rather, by the Choreographer’s  long passion for Salsa and deep love for Chinese culture. Armed with her keen artistic sense, Grace has taken great time and effort to collect many diverse cultural treasures and knowledge of the West and the East, and now connects them seamlessly through artistic innovation. It’s her own way to say that all forms of art are interlinked; love is also interlinked, and similarly, Salsa dance is truly an artistic treasure shared by the whole world.

2. Self-Composed Music

Music will be the soul of this show. 100% self-composed by Grace Wu, it took two years from conceptualisation to production with thousands of versions and alterations requiring great effort, time and money. Employing various ancient Chinese musical instruments with modern music arrangement and technique, every musical note has gone through detailed refinement.

Grace Wu and her team once said “We feel as if we have died and reborn again in the process of creating this music”. Something to really look forward to……

3. Dance Fusion

The show presents a poetic visual feast of ancient folk culture, coupled with a powerful fusion of traditional beauty and Salsa. Thus, when equilibrium is reached between stillness and movement, between Yin and Yang, time stands still, showcasing the impressionable dialogue in the fusion of Salsa and Chinese culture.

Sypnosis

Opening : CALLING

Calling sometimes stands for our innermost expectation. It is the source of hope and somewhere a mission is dawned upon. When heaven and earth got together; when the first drop of dew was formed; when all living things began to sprout and grow, these two ancient cultures from different time and place had already resonated …

Act 1 - CHINESE WATER INK

Water ink is a jewel in Chinese culture. It is often used in painting and expressing nature’s utmost beauty. Today, we use water ink to paint and express Salsa’s utmost beauty.

Act 2 - EARTH

We love Mother Earth, we adore her, we worship her! We let the clash of these two unique cultures speak to each other of our love for the Earth and music. So long as the drums do not stop, the dance will go on …

Act 3 – DIALOGUE

This is an aesthetic dialogue, shuttling between different times, places, and cultures. We interact by our dance movements, endlessly telling each other the love between us.

Act 4 – ANTIPHONAL SONGS

Love is everlasting. In China, ethnic minority people express love with antiphonal songs. They also sing them while celebrating festivities. Whether at work, during festivals or in the streets, they use dance and music to know one another better, to banter with each other, or even to fall in love.

Epilogue – OPERA PACHANGA

This is a historical global integration of music cultures. We combine two major world cultural  heritages from China with Charanga to produce this bustling, exciting, extraordinary and unique cultural dialogue.


Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Sep 24
An image from my recent assignment in Shanghai (my first international assignment) for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  
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The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 
Highlights
1. Entirely Original Production
This show was not created by a mere flash of inspiration, but rather, by the Choreographer’s  long passion for Salsa and deep love for Chinese culture. Armed with her keen artistic sense, Grace has taken great time and effort to collect many diverse cultural treasures and knowledge of the West and the East, and now connects them seamlessly through artistic innovation. It’s her own way to say that all forms of art are interlinked; love is also interlinked, and similarly, Salsa dance is truly an artistic treasure shared by the whole world.
2. Self-Composed Music
Music will be the soul of this show. 100% self-composed by Grace Wu, it took two years from conceptualisation to production with thousands of versions and alterations requiring great effort, time and money. Employing various ancient Chinese musical instruments with modern music arrangement and technique, every musical note has gone through detailed refinement.
Grace Wu and her team once said “We feel as if we have died and reborn again in the process of creating this music”. Something to really look forward to……
3. Dance Fusion
The show presents a poetic visual feast of ancient folk culture, coupled with a powerful fusion of traditional beauty and Salsa. Thus, when equilibrium is reached between stillness and movement, between Yin and Yang, time stands still, showcasing the impressionable dialogue in the fusion of Salsa and Chinese culture.
Sypnosis
Opening : CALLING
Calling sometimes stands for our innermost expectation. It is the source of hope and somewhere a mission is dawned upon. When heaven and earth got together; when the first drop of dew was formed; when all living things began to sprout and grow, these two ancient cultures from different time and place had already resonated …
Act 1 - CHINESE WATER INK
Water ink is a jewel in Chinese culture. It is often used in painting and expressing nature’s utmost beauty. Today, we use water ink to paint and express Salsa’s utmost beauty.
Act 2 - EARTH
We love Mother Earth, we adore her, we worship her! We let the clash of these two unique cultures speak to each other of our love for the Earth and music. So long as the drums do not stop, the dance will go on …
Act 3 – DIALOGUE
This is an aesthetic dialogue, shuttling between different times, places, and cultures. We interact by our dance movements, endlessly telling each other the love between us.
Act 4 – ANTIPHONAL SONGS
Love is everlasting. In China, ethnic minority people express love with antiphonal songs. They also sing them while celebrating festivities. Whether at work, during festivals or in the streets, they use dance and music to know one another better, to banter with each other, or even to fall in love.
Epilogue – OPERA PACHANGA
This is a historical global integration of music cultures. We combine two major world cultural  heritages from China with Charanga to produce this bustling, exciting, extraordinary and unique cultural dialogue.
Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014
CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook
If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

I wasn’t prepared for the hospitality, community spirit and the friendliness. More on my other blog.

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Aug 26

I cannot stop listening to Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed. Great accompniment for working on creative projects.

Aug 26

Though my storm chasing was not quite up there with Sydney’s ultimate storm hero and photographer Nick Moir … More on my other blog

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Aug 18


A couple of behind-the-scenes documentary I shot from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who are on their way to Berlin Salsacongress. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

Excerpt

The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.

In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».


Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Another lot of behind-the-scenes shots I documented of CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe taking a break in between rehersing for Berlin Salsa Congress 2014. It’s tough being a professional dancer - 12 to 14 hours of training every day.

The team is on their way to Berlin as we speak - I wish them all the best!

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Another lot of behind-the-scenes shots I documented of CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe rehersing for Berlin Salsa Congress 2014. The team is on their way to Berlin as we speak - I wish them all the best!

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

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I felt their passion and freedom when they dance. A few behind-the-scenes images (of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

See previous post for full transcript on « The Dialogue ».

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Another image (one of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  
Excerpt
The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 
See previous post for full transcript.Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014
CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook
If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/
Another image (one of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  
Excerpt
The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 
See previous post for full transcript.Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014
CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook
If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

Another image (one of my favourites) from my recent assignment in Shanghai for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

Excerpt

The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.

In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 

See previous post for full transcript.

Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook

If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

An image from my recent assignment in Shanghai (my first international assignment) for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  
—-
The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 
Highlights
1. Entirely Original Production
This show was not created by a mere flash of inspiration, but rather, by the Choreographer’s  long passion for Salsa and deep love for Chinese culture. Armed with her keen artistic sense, Grace has taken great time and effort to collect many diverse cultural treasures and knowledge of the West and the East, and now connects them seamlessly through artistic innovation. It’s her own way to say that all forms of art are interlinked; love is also interlinked, and similarly, Salsa dance is truly an artistic treasure shared by the whole world.
2. Self-Composed Music
Music will be the soul of this show. 100% self-composed by Grace Wu, it took two years from conceptualisation to production with thousands of versions and alterations requiring great effort, time and money. Employing various ancient Chinese musical instruments with modern music arrangement and technique, every musical note has gone through detailed refinement.
Grace Wu and her team once said “We feel as if we have died and reborn again in the process of creating this music”. Something to really look forward to……
3. Dance Fusion
The show presents a poetic visual feast of ancient folk culture, coupled with a powerful fusion of traditional beauty and Salsa. Thus, when equilibrium is reached between stillness and movement, between Yin and Yang, time stands still, showcasing the impressionable dialogue in the fusion of Salsa and Chinese culture.
Sypnosis
Opening : CALLING
Calling sometimes stands for our innermost expectation. It is the source of hope and somewhere a mission is dawned upon. When heaven and earth got together; when the first drop of dew was formed; when all living things began to sprout and grow, these two ancient cultures from different time and place had already resonated …
Act 1 - CHINESE WATER INK
Water ink is a jewel in Chinese culture. It is often used in painting and expressing nature’s utmost beauty. Today, we use water ink to paint and express Salsa’s utmost beauty.
Act 2 - EARTH
We love Mother Earth, we adore her, we worship her! We let the clash of these two unique cultures speak to each other of our love for the Earth and music. So long as the drums do not stop, the dance will go on …
Act 3 – DIALOGUE
This is an aesthetic dialogue, shuttling between different times, places, and cultures. We interact by our dance movements, endlessly telling each other the love between us.
Act 4 – ANTIPHONAL SONGS
Love is everlasting. In China, ethnic minority people express love with antiphonal songs. They also sing them while celebrating festivities. Whether at work, during festivals or in the streets, they use dance and music to know one another better, to banter with each other, or even to fall in love.
Epilogue – OPERA PACHANGA
This is a historical global integration of music cultures. We combine two major world cultural  heritages from China with Charanga to produce this bustling, exciting, extraordinary and unique cultural dialogue.
Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014
CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook
If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/
An image from my recent assignment in Shanghai (my first international assignment) for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  
—-
The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 
Highlights
1. Entirely Original Production
This show was not created by a mere flash of inspiration, but rather, by the Choreographer’s  long passion for Salsa and deep love for Chinese culture. Armed with her keen artistic sense, Grace has taken great time and effort to collect many diverse cultural treasures and knowledge of the West and the East, and now connects them seamlessly through artistic innovation. It’s her own way to say that all forms of art are interlinked; love is also interlinked, and similarly, Salsa dance is truly an artistic treasure shared by the whole world.
2. Self-Composed Music
Music will be the soul of this show. 100% self-composed by Grace Wu, it took two years from conceptualisation to production with thousands of versions and alterations requiring great effort, time and money. Employing various ancient Chinese musical instruments with modern music arrangement and technique, every musical note has gone through detailed refinement.
Grace Wu and her team once said “We feel as if we have died and reborn again in the process of creating this music”. Something to really look forward to……
3. Dance Fusion
The show presents a poetic visual feast of ancient folk culture, coupled with a powerful fusion of traditional beauty and Salsa. Thus, when equilibrium is reached between stillness and movement, between Yin and Yang, time stands still, showcasing the impressionable dialogue in the fusion of Salsa and Chinese culture.
Sypnosis
Opening : CALLING
Calling sometimes stands for our innermost expectation. It is the source of hope and somewhere a mission is dawned upon. When heaven and earth got together; when the first drop of dew was formed; when all living things began to sprout and grow, these two ancient cultures from different time and place had already resonated …
Act 1 - CHINESE WATER INK
Water ink is a jewel in Chinese culture. It is often used in painting and expressing nature’s utmost beauty. Today, we use water ink to paint and express Salsa’s utmost beauty.
Act 2 - EARTH
We love Mother Earth, we adore her, we worship her! We let the clash of these two unique cultures speak to each other of our love for the Earth and music. So long as the drums do not stop, the dance will go on …
Act 3 – DIALOGUE
This is an aesthetic dialogue, shuttling between different times, places, and cultures. We interact by our dance movements, endlessly telling each other the love between us.
Act 4 – ANTIPHONAL SONGS
Love is everlasting. In China, ethnic minority people express love with antiphonal songs. They also sing them while celebrating festivities. Whether at work, during festivals or in the streets, they use dance and music to know one another better, to banter with each other, or even to fall in love.
Epilogue – OPERA PACHANGA
This is a historical global integration of music cultures. We combine two major world cultural  heritages from China with Charanga to produce this bustling, exciting, extraordinary and unique cultural dialogue.
Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014
CHINA IMPRESIÓN Facebook
If you like what you see here and want to share, all I ask is that you do the right thing; please link back to my site. © JK Blackwell / twoguineapigs.com.au / http://juliannakohblackwell.tumblr.com/

An image from my recent assignment in Shanghai (my first international assignment) for CHINA IMPRESIÓN dance troupe who will be be heading to Berlin Salsacongress this October. Wish I could tag along to watch.  

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The East, the West - two worlds of different ancient heritage and people. Each with its own unique multi-cultures evolving differently through time, but yet both share a common primeval draw to music and dance. Their common love for earth and life itself, respect for nature and craving for freedom of expression, in some way make them very much the same.

In 《The Dialogue》 , the Choreographer/Director (Grace Wu) has integrated the essence of Chinese ethnic culture with Salsa vocabulary, and connected them in her own unique way. In 2012, their show - “A Breath of China”, took the entire audience from their seats. This year, Berlin Salsa Congress 2014 is proud to present the worldwide sneak preview of 《The Dialogue》, a thirty (30) minutes spectacular display by CHINA IMPRESIÓN to carry you on a journey transienting between fantasy and reality. 

Highlights

1. Entirely Original Production

This show was not created by a mere flash of inspiration, but rather, by the Choreographer’s  long passion for Salsa and deep love for Chinese culture. Armed with her keen artistic sense, Grace has taken great time and effort to collect many diverse cultural treasures and knowledge of the West and the East, and now connects them seamlessly through artistic innovation. It’s her own way to say that all forms of art are interlinked; love is also interlinked, and similarly, Salsa dance is truly an artistic treasure shared by the whole world.

2. Self-Composed Music

Music will be the soul of this show. 100% self-composed by Grace Wu, it took two years from conceptualisation to production with thousands of versions and alterations requiring great effort, time and money. Employing various ancient Chinese musical instruments with modern music arrangement and technique, every musical note has gone through detailed refinement.

Grace Wu and her team once said “We feel as if we have died and reborn again in the process of creating this music”. Something to really look forward to……

3. Dance Fusion

The show presents a poetic visual feast of ancient folk culture, coupled with a powerful fusion of traditional beauty and Salsa. Thus, when equilibrium is reached between stillness and movement, between Yin and Yang, time stands still, showcasing the impressionable dialogue in the fusion of Salsa and Chinese culture.

Sypnosis

Opening : CALLING

Calling sometimes stands for our innermost expectation. It is the source of hope and somewhere a mission is dawned upon. When heaven and earth got together; when the first drop of dew was formed; when all living things began to sprout and grow, these two ancient cultures from different time and place had already resonated …

Act 1 - CHINESE WATER INK

Water ink is a jewel in Chinese culture. It is often used in painting and expressing nature’s utmost beauty. Today, we use water ink to paint and express Salsa’s utmost beauty.

Act 2 - EARTH

We love Mother Earth, we adore her, we worship her! We let the clash of these two unique cultures speak to each other of our love for the Earth and music. So long as the drums do not stop, the dance will go on …

Act 3 – DIALOGUE

This is an aesthetic dialogue, shuttling between different times, places, and cultures. We interact by our dance movements, endlessly telling each other the love between us.

Act 4 – ANTIPHONAL SONGS

Love is everlasting. In China, ethnic minority people express love with antiphonal songs. They also sing them while celebrating festivities. Whether at work, during festivals or in the streets, they use dance and music to know one another better, to banter with each other, or even to fall in love.

Epilogue – OPERA PACHANGA

This is a historical global integration of music cultures. We combine two major world cultural  heritages from China with Charanga to produce this bustling, exciting, extraordinary and unique cultural dialogue.


Berlin Salsa Congress : 1 - 5 October 2014

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