Under Siege combines traditional, abstract

By HONG XIAO in New York | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-08-13 04:45
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A scene from the dance-theater production Under Siege. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Set during the epic battle between the Chu and Han armies in 202 BC in China, Under Siege blends elements of martial arts, contemporary and Chinese folk dance, gymnastics and more to interpret an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history.

Yang, chief choreographer and director, said in a previous interview that Under Siege is a conceptual, experimental stage artwork, which she created from an international perspective.

She attempts to cast a cold vision of the desires and fears in the depths of the human heart, to hurt and to be hurt, though the story of the Chu-Han Contention more than 2,000 years ago, as a reflection on the present world.

The performance contains many different elements of Chinese art, not just in terms of dance, but Peking Opera, music, sculpture and paper-cutting.

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