Yang Liping to stage Rite of Spring in Queensland

China | 4 Jul 2019 4:50 pm

Australian audiences will have the chance to see celebrated dancer and choreographer, Yang Liping's  new show, Rite of Spring, when she returns to the Brisbane Festival in Queensland.

Organizers said that following the success of Yang's previous work, Under Siege, at 2017's Brisbane Festival, dance lovers would once again be treated to her blend of Chinese aesthetics and modern expression in September.

Rite of Spring, which premiered in Shanghai last year, reinvents Igor Stravinsky's classic score by telling a traditional Chinese story with the addition of Tibetan classical music.

"Chinese contemporary dance tends to carry Western influences but no Chinese cultural meaning," Yang said.

"I want to do more than just dance in a contemporary way; I want to fill the movement with traditional culture and art to make it more solid, more relevant."

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold told Xinhua that having attended the world premier of Rite of Spring in Shanghai, he is certain the show will be a great hit.

"Even though Yang Liping is a superstar in China, she is not widely known in Australia," Berthold said.

"I want people to see what a fine artist Yang Liping is and how exciting her dance is -- I know that they will take away memories that will last forever."

Rite of Spring will play for four nights at the Brisbane Festival from Sept. 25 to 28.

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