“Witty and inventive …incredibly powerful in its own subtle and understated way”.
Fjord Review 2018
Armed with guns, wearing pointe shoes, the all-female fighters of The Red Detachment of Women came to symbolise part of Mao’s communist dream. As one of only eight permissible theatrical works of the time, the 1964 ballet was seen over and over by the Chinese.
Choreographer Wen Hui threads extracts, interviews and anecdotal material from original cast members into a dramatic documentary performance that goes beyond the ballet and official Cultural Revolution records. With projected film as a backdrop, she and three other dancers use their bodies as archives, their gestures illustrating stories and evoking memories, in this multi-generational response to this memorable period of history.
The Beijing-based artist makes her first UK visit in ten years with Dance Umbrella.
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Choreographer / Director Wen Hui
Text Zhuang Jiayun
Dramaturg Kai Tuchmann
Lighting Designer Edwin van Steenbergen
Video Zou Xueping
Stage Designer Zhou Jie
Interviewers Wen Hui, Zhuang Jia Yun, Zou Xueping
Music Wen Lvyuan
Translation Zhuang Jia Yun
Interpreter Estelle Soepzheng
Dancers Wen Hui, Zou Xueping, Li Xinmin, Liu Zhuying and Li Yuyao
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Southbank Centre
A co-production between the Beijing Living Dance Studio and the Goethe Institut China