Beijing Dance Theatre Presents Wild Grass @ Algonquin Commons Theatre, Ottawa [29 September]

Beijing Dance Theatre Presents Wild Grass


19
29
September
19:30 - 21:15

 Facebook event page
Algonquin Commons Theatre
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8
Renowned for the alluring fusion of Chinese tradition with a fiercely modern sensibility, Ballet Wild Grass is adapted from the poetry collection Wild Grass written by Chinese literary giant Lu Xun in 1927.

Comprising three movements, “Dead Fire,” “Farewell of the Shadow,” and “Dance of Extremity”, Wild Grass unfolds as an evocative abstraction of Lu’s volatile elemental landscapes, accompanied by solo piano, strings, and experimental electronica. White paper leaves scatter underfoot as dancers alternate between balletic grace and tension, conjuring the fragility and vitality of the human spirit.

It has been toured more than 100 performances in BAM theatre of New York, Kennedy Center of Washington, Harris Theatre of Chicago, and many other main city theatres in USA, Europe and Australia.

Lobby Opens 6:30pm
Doors Open 7:00pm
Event Start 7:30pm

TICKETS

$68.50 – Gold
$48.50 – Silver
$28.50 – Bronze

All Ages. Reserved seating. All patrons, including children aged 3 and under, must have purchased tickets at the door. All tickets are final sale. No exchanges, upgrades, or refunds.

Tickets available in person at the Algonquin Commons Theatre Box Office in E104 ($1.50 Facility Fee applicable). Tickets are also available online through algonquinsa.ticketfly.com. (Tickets purchased online will be subject to additional service charges)

Get your tickets here: ticketf.ly/2qwllpa

UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBLE SEATING

The Algonquin Commons Theatre is committed to providing universal accessible seating for our patrons with disabilities. Please contact the Algonquin Commons Theatre Box Office by phone at (613) 727-4723 ext. 6442 or via email at [email protected] to reserve these seats and to enquire about companion seating.

THE SHOW

Renowned for the alluring fusion of Chinese tradition with a fiercely modern sensibility, Ballet Wild Grass is adapted from the poetry collection Wild Grass written by Chinese literary giant Lu Xun in 1927.

Comprising three movements, “Dead Fire,” “Farewell of the Shadow,” and “Dance of Extremity”, Wild Grass unfolds as an evocative abstraction of Lu’s volatile elemental landscapes, accompanied by solo piano, strings, and experimental electronica. White paper leaves scatter underfoot as dancers alternate between balletic grace and tension, conjuring the fragility and vitality of the human spirit.

It has been toured more than 100 performances in BAM theatre of New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Harris Theatre of Chicago, and many other main city theatres in USA, Europe and Australia.

Three Movements:

First Movement: Dead Fire
“I dream that I am racing on ice mountains. These are huge ice mountains, whose tops join the icy skies covered with frozen, scale-like clouds. At the foot of the mountains grow icy trees, whose leaves resemble pine needles. All cold. All pale. ”
“This is Dead Fire. It has burning form but no flickering. It stands frozen like corals, with black smoke curdled on its tips that makes you wonder whether it has just emerged from a house on fire – and that is why it looks burnt and dead. ”
“A wisp of black smoke issues from me, rising and twirling like a snake. The ice valley is suddenly surrounded by flowing flames, me in the middle. I look down and see Dead Fire burning, consuming my clothes. I melt and drip onto the icy ground. ”

Second Movement: Farewell, Shadows!
“I am but a shadow, about to depart and sink into darkness. But darkness will swallow me, even as light will vanish me. Yet I will not linger ambivalently between light and darkness: I would rather sink into darkness. ”
“Yet I linger between light and darkness; know not whether it is dusk or dawn. Let me raise my ashen grey hand and feign a toast; I shall journey far, far away, unbeknownst to all. ”

Third Movement: Dance of Extremity
“And there remains only the vast wilderness; this dried couple, completely naked, sword in hand, stand in the middle. With dead men’s eyes they observe with gusto the withering passers-by in a great bloodless carnage. They are eternally plunged into life’s giddy, excruciating bliss. ”

Performer: Beijing Dance Theater

Director and Choreographer: Wang Yuanyuan, Choreographer of Ballet Raise the Red Lantern, Resident choreographer for the National Ballet of China, Guest choreographer for the New York City Choreographic Institute, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Royal Danish Ballet and Shanghai Ballet.

Set and Lights: Han Jiang

Composer: Su Chong (Germany): Oscar winning original music of Last Empire Biosphere (Norway), Kangding Ray (France), Wang Peng (China)

cccda.net/ballet-wild-grass.html
Discussion
image
Only registered users may comment.
Pass a quick registration or authorization.

Upcoming events @ Algonquin Commons Theatre:

60th Anniversary Show
Algonquin Commons Theatre
Guitars for Vets: Play Your Part 2017
Algonquin Commons Theatre
Paw Patrol Live
Algonquin Commons Theatre
Daniel Caesar
Algonquin Commons Theatre
The Ennis Sisters Christmas Concert
Algonquin Commons Theatre

The most anticipated events in Ottawa :

TEDxOttawa 2017
TEDxOttawa
Etsy Made in Canada: Ottawa 2017
Bell Sensplex
Panda Game
TD Place
Match Panda | Panda Game
TD Place
Ottawa Geek Market IX
Nepean Sportsplex
Free Outdoor Movie Night - Despicable Me
Greystone Village
The Carp Fair w/ Brett Kissel
Carp Fair
Carp Harvest Celebration
Carp Farmers' Market
The PunkOttawa Flea Market - Sat Sept 30 at Makerspace North
Makerspace North
Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market
Bronson Centre