Contemporary Dance - If, Dreaming before 'Goodnight'

Contemporary Dance - If, Dreaming before 'Goodnight'

Venue:
Shanghai International Dance Center Grand Theater
1650 Hongqiao Road Changning Shanghai
Date:
12/18/2021 - 12/19/2021
This ticket is only available as a paper ticket
Contemporary Dance - If, Dreaming before 'Goodnight'

Contemporary Dance - If, Dreaming before 'Goodnight'

12/18/2021 - 12/19/2021
Shanghai International Dance Center Grand Theater
1650 Hongqiao Road Changning Shanghai
80 - 380
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INTRO

When the night getting darker, I walk alone on the fading noisy street and enjoy the carnival alone under the neon light and stay alone in the familiar and strange room.

The night is silent for the diffusing thoughts. The night is noisy for hiding from the chaos.

The night is long and each individual crosses forming groups, just like the stars embracing each other.

Now, I stare at the sky and saying slightly “good night”.

CONCEPT

The modern dance If, Dreaming before 'Goodnight' takes the emotion between men and women as the main line, capturing the story, memory, dream or fantasy of reunion and departure, and manifesting a fluid, recurring, interlocked and surreal space of consciousness. It will be explained from four dimensions below.

Space: the characters appear and move in and out of the white house, creating their own trajectories and symbolic meanings. A white curtain separates the house and people, showing the visual effect of virtual and real. The setting and people are separate from each other but latently linked with each other.

Time: The narrative of the work will deviate from the linear development of time. It breaks the time orders and cuts it into pieces, crossing in each space. A thing happens as a shot flash or fades in and out. The links between them are like bell pendulous from the starting to the end then back to another starting, and repeating again and again.


Characters: there are 5 dancers, and two pairs of man and woman respectively reveal their relationships in different times, which carry the whole story and emotions. The other dance is an outsider without specific role. The story flips at the end. Two pairs sometimes act as the characters in the outsider’s memory, sometimes act as the virtual roles in her dream or thoughts, sometimes act as the manifestation of her superficial and deep consciousness and emotions, sometimes act as symbols with metaphorical meanings.

Virtual and real: the work tries to blur the line of virtuality and reality, giving a multitude of significances and a diversity of metaphors to a single thing.

Choreographer's words

The settings and scenes such as the house on the stage are real and tangible, but a scene can exist in real space or only in the consciousness of the characters in the story, or it can be symbolic, or all above.

The figures are visible on the stage but it leaves the space to explore whether they really exist, whether they are really on the stage, whether the story is real or memory, or dream, or just thoughts.

The fragmentation, collapse, rupture and piecing-together of time make the real world question the rationality of its existence, but in the fantasy land with their own logic, such as consciousness and dream, everything will be manifested in an absurd and reasonable way.   

However, in all possibilities, the flow of emotion and consciousness is real and at present.

The title has 65 letters. At the first slight the audiences may not remember anything but these words can permeate into their familiar consciousness and flash during their watching. They can get their own stories by remembering the words.

The piece aims to show each scene in real and complexly, touching the audience with emotions and recalling their own experiences and memories. It leaves the right of talking and thinking to the audiences. It’s like a mirror where everyone can see themselves and get different answers.

Creative team

Choreographer: ZENG Ying

Dancers: WU Qian, XIE Shun, ZHANG Qibo, CHEN Yijie, TANG Zhixin

Lighting design: LIANG Weiqing

Concept Writer:WU Yiruoning

Backstage assistant: ZHENG Mianpeng

Notice

Date&Time:

19:30, Dec 18, 2021

14:00, Dec 19, 2021

Venue: Grand Theater @ Shanghai International Dance Center

Duration:
Approximately 60 minutes

Tickets:
 ¥80/180/280/380/480/580/680

Choreographer: ZENG Ying

Dancers: WU Qian, XIE Shun, ZHANG Qibo, CHEN Yijie, TANG Zhixin

Notice for Audience:

Valid ticket must be produced to gain entry. Please keep the ticket properly, or the admission will be defined if the ticket is lost, destroyed or painted on.

Guided by Shanghai municipal instructions for art centers, following countermeasures are implemented by Shanghai International Dance Center Theatre to prevent COVID-19 virus:

  1. Tickets purchasing: paper tickets will be valid.
  2. Entering time: The audience can start to enter the auditorium 60 minutes before the performance starts.
  3. Validation: Please walk pass the gate in turn at the main entrance to have your Shanghai QR code checked and temperature measured. Please wear a face mask to enter the theater.

*This notice will be adjusted according to the city’s further guidelines based on the pandemic’s situation.


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Contemporary Dance - If, Dreaming before 'Goodnight'

Venue:
Shanghai International Dance Center Grand Theater
1650 Hongqiao Road Changning Shanghai
Date:
12/18/2021 - 12/19/2021
This ticket is only available as a paper ticket
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