Sunday, December 17, 2006

Weekend Redux

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Spent the day on the couch yesterday before rousing ourselves for a 7:30PM appointment. Went to a dance performance last night given by the Beijing Modern Dance Company. We know almost nothing about dance, modern or otherwise, but felt the show was impressive and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I'll do my best to tell you a little about it. Journey · In, the title of the show, consisted of two performances. The first was a multi-part performance by two dancers who seemed to be imitating each other or dancing about the idea of a shadow, each dancer's movements reflecting the other's. One of the more memorable parts was watching the dancers follow each other around the stage to the sound of whispering voices.

After a brief intermission, the second act featured a larger group of dancers and began with something like techno tai chi, followed by a solo dance accompanied by flute and piano music. There were four parts to this act, all of them connected with the sound of water dripping. The fourth and most memorable part included all of the dancers. They were dressed in thin white silk and holding fans, and danced across the stage in a long continuous, seemingly never-ending flow. It brought a nice end to the show and was almost hypnotic.

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