Rethinking the Classical and Contemporary in Dance: Beijing, Taipei, London

A Shift of Balance is designed to further communication, understanding and collaboration between British and East Asian academics through subjecting to thorough analysis concepts of the classical and contemporary in dance, and by developing a collaborative doctoral programme. Acknowledging rich traditions and vibrant contemporary activities in dance in both Western and Eastern spheres, the project intends to establish the basis for an ongoing partnership built on shared dialogue and understanding. We propose that tradition is active in forming key aspects of the contemporary, and conversely that modern processes of reinterpretation and reconstruction inform the classical.


Research Presentation of Guo Feng choreographed by Wan Su, Dance Studies Forum 2015, Beijing Dance Academy. Photo: Beijing Dance Academy