Guangdong Province is a bridge to inland China, a gateway through which the world saw China “open up” during economic reforms and one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions. It’s also a thriving hub of modern-dance movement, education and opportunity, led by the 1992 inception of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company as China’s first modern-dance ensemble. Hailed by The New York Times as “a pacesetter with a difference,” GMDC explores China’s modern identity, cultural history and social perspectives through contemporary dance. GMDC’s Beyond Calligraphy is a two-episode work channeling the flowing, detailed grace of Chinese calligraphy as both inspiration and point of departure for dialogue about ancient and modern culture. It’s a performance The Washington Post described as “full of meditative grace (and) sharp, cut-crystal physicality.”
PRE-SHOW TALK | 7PM | STEWART CENTER 310
Join members of Guangdong Modern Dance Company for a discussion about the evening’s performance.