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Unitec plays host to world renown Beijing dancers

Beijing dancers
Kiwi audiences will get a chance to witness a breathtaking fusion of western and eastern contempo

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Kiwi audiences will get a chance to witness a breathtaking fusion of western and eastern contemporary dance styles with the arrival the world famous Beijing Dance Academy in Auckland.

Kiwi audiences will get a chance to witness a breathtaking fusion of western and eastern contemporary dance styles with the arrival the world famous Beijing Dance Academy in Auckland.

The Beijing Dance Academy can boast Li Cunxin of Mao's Last Dancer fame and Hollywood actress Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Rush Hour 2) among their past graduates.

The academy will perform two shows in Western Contemporary Dance Style and Chinese Contemporary Dance. The first show on 23 June is called Contemporary Dance Work Collection and the second show on 24 June is Spirit of Chi - Chinese Contemporary Dance.

Complimented by dramatic lighting, spectacular backdrops and beautiful costumes, the performances are co-presented by the Pacific Culture and Arts Exchange Centre at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna.

The Beijing Dance Academy are being hosted by Unitec Institute of Technology. It is a continuation of the close relationship Unitec has built with the academy over the last two years.

Enhancing that bond will be an 18-minute performance by dancers studying at Unitec’s Department of Performing and Screen Arts, which is being incorporated into the programme of the Beijing performances on both nights.

The Unitec dance performance work called Colony explores themes of young women finding their individuality and freedom of expression, and is choreographed by renowned New Zealand dance choreographer, Michael Parmenter.

“Unitec is delighted to host the Beijing Dance Academy, China’s premiere contemporary dance training institution, with which we enjoy close ties with,” says Head of Department for Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts, Athina Tsoulis.

She says this is a great opportunity for New Zealand audience to view the exceptional calibre of the Beijing Academy’s current crop of dance students and graduates.
“I would encourage the public to seize this unique opportunity,” she adds. “It is first time that they will perform in Auckland. The talented dancers and creative team will give audiences a chance to appreciate their creativity and the latest dance technique of China’s top dancing graduates.

The Beijing delegation of 29 dancers and administrators includes a former Unitec dance graduate Zhang Ping, who now teaches at the Beijing Dance Academy in China.

He will be accompanying the dancers and act as a translator.

The visit will also look to strengthen those ties and expand on the student exchange programme.

The Beijing dancers will attend the dance and theatre performances of the department’s latest production The Market as part of their visit, getting a taste of Unitec’s live performance and student talent.

The Market, organised and hosted by the Department of Performing and Screen Arts, is open to the public with gold coin entry to the venues at Building 6 and 7 at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus, entry via Gate 1.

Two performances only!
* Wed, 23 June 7:30pm
* Thu, 24 June 7:30pm.
Bruce Mason Centre, The Promenade, Takapuna, North Shore City.
Tickets available through Ticketmaster at (09) 970 9700 or http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/browse?category=12&root=10002&rdc_select=n... . Conditions apply.

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18 Jun 2010

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