From his multi-cultural melting pot of inspiration, the Chinese and ethnic Tibetan choreographer Sang Jijia has created a fierce, complex and beautiful full-evening piece for ten dancers. The dance is driven by an intense energy that features, some dark, some tender and sensitive moments, and moments in which you want to laugh – all small glimpses of an unfolding universe of little stories.
Sang Jijia, the ethnic Tibetian from Gansu in China, is a top prize-winning choreographer who is currently the Resident Artist of BeijingDance / LDTX and Guangdong Modern Dance Company. With a background as a dancer and choreographer in companies from all over the world, Jijia is interested in how cultural differences affect the works of artists. Jijia’s works have a characteristic performative mix of visual art, architecture and multimedia which he adapts into an eastern aesthetic. Sang Jijia will now give this expressive style a Nordic touch through his cooperation with Carte Blanche.
From 1999 to 2002, Jijia was a dancer of Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC). In 2002, he was the first to be chosen as a “protégé” in the prestigious mentor programme Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. During the period 2002 to 2006, Jijia studied with William Forsythe and worked with the Forsythe Company as a choreographer and dancer. Jijia’s creations have been presented at the Korea’s Chang Mu Dance Festival, Swiss International Dance Festival, International Computer Music Festival, Taipei Arts Festival and Holland Dance Festival.
His works include ‘Comrade’, ‘Stay Still’, ‘Show You Colours’, ‘365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism’, ‘Happening Continuous’, ‘Unspeakable’ and ‘Sticks’.
Choreography Sang Jijia
Music Dickson Dee (CASH)
Costume Design Indrani Balgobin
Lighting Design Adalsteinn «Alli» Stefansson
Video Design Adrian Yeung
PR Photo Yaniv Cohen
Dancers from Carte Blanche: autumn 2014: Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Caroline Eckly, Christine Kjellberg, Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Sara Enrich Bertran, Timothy Bartlett, Edhem Jesenkovic
Duration 70 minutes – no intermission
Co-production L’Onde Théâtre et Centre D’Art Vélizy Villacoublay and Bergen International Festival. Created in L’ONDE – Théâtre et Centre d’Art de Vélizy-Villacoblay, on 30th May 2013.
Premiere 3rd June 2013 in Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway.