Choreographer: Sang Jijia
Music: Dickson Dee
Dance Company: BeijingDance/LDTX
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Standing Before Darkness is a world premier by Tibetan Choreographer, Sang Jijia, and will be the opening performance for The 3rd Annual Beijing Modern Dance Festival. As BeijingDance / LDTX’s resident choreographer, this is the second work he has created for the company. This work demonstrates Sang Jijia’s unique style in which he ruminates on the dancers’ bodies and combines their brilliant technicality and pedestrian movements to evoke extreme psychological tension and asymmetry. During the performance, the dancers will be accompanied by live electronic music composed and played by an accomplished Hong Kongese musician, Dickson Dee.
An ethnic Tibetan born in Gansu, Sang Jijia graduated from the Beijing Central University for Nationalities and was a dancer with Guangdong Modern Dance Company from 1993 to 1998. He won the Gold Medal in the Modern Dance section of the Paris International Dance Competition in 1996 and was hailed as “The Star of the Century” by the Guangdong Provincial Government in 1997. He was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Scholarship and American Dance Festival Scholarship in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was a dancer of City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong) from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, Sang was chosen by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to study choreography under William Forsythe in Germany and stayed with the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company as assistant choreographer and dancer until 2006. Sang has collaborated with leading choreographers around the globe. Sang Jijia is currently the Resident Artist of BeijingDance / LDTX. His major works include 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism (Co-choreographed with Willy Tsao and Xing Liang), Unspeakable for BeijingDance / LDTX and Sticks for Guangdong Modern Dance Company, and As if for Nothing for the City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong). These works demonstrate Sang Jijia’s unique style in which he ruminates on the dancers’ body and combines their brilliant technicality and pedestrian movements to evoke extreme psychological tension and asymmetry.