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.
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.
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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