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 Post subject: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2000 10:50 pm 
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Two reviews of a contemporary dance company from China. As Donald Hutera tells us: 'Formed in 1992, Guangdong Modern Dance Company is a fresh embodiment of that cliché "East meets West". One of China's first professional contemporary troupes, the 11-member ensemble made their British debut at the Brighton Festival last week.'<P>Both reviewers are <u>very</u> impresssed with the dancers and enjoy some of the work.<P>Do Chinese companies visit Australia or the States?<P> <A HREF="http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,221282,00.html" TARGET=_blank>www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,221282,00.html</A> <BR> <P><A HREF="http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/00/05/16/timartdan01001.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/00/05/16/timartdan01001.html</A> <P><BR>Here is the link to the dance section of The Brighton Festival <P> <A HREF="http://www.brighton-festival.org.uk/listings.asp?artform=dance" TARGET=_blank>http://www.brighton-festival.org.uk/listings.asp?artform=dance</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited March 15, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2001 9:49 am 
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The company is in the US. Here's a preview from New Jersey:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>A modern first for China</B><P>ELLEN DUNKEL, The Record in New Jersey<P>Modern dance first came to the United States around 1900 with Isadora Duncan and contemporaries.<P>It didn't come to mainland China until nearly a century later -- in 1990 -- with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, which is performing at Manhattan's Joyce Theater next week and at New Jersey Performing Arts Center and McCarter Theater in Princeton later this year.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.bergen.com/previews/guang23200102237.htm" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2001 6:45 am 
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From the New York Times:<P><B>MODERN AND CHINESE: NO OXYMORON FOR THIS DANCE TROUPE</B><P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>UNTIL the 1980's, modern dance was a mysterious art form in China, existing underground, if at all. The Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first modern troupe in China, did not present its official debut concert until 1990, but its roots go back to 1986, when Chiang Ching, a choreographer, performer and former actress, was asked to judge a choreographic competition in Beijing. Ms. Chiang accepted the offer in the hope that the winners would gain scholarships to study at the prestigious American Dance Festival. The scheme worked.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/25/arts/25KOUR.html" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><P>


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2001 7:01 pm 
Interesting. I've never seen this Chinese company in Hong Kong. I can recall another that I reviewed 2 years ago - the Beijing Modern Dance Co.


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2001 6:46 am 
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From the New York Times, Anna Kisselgoff review:<P><B>BOUNCE AND SUBTLETIES FROM ELEGANT HIPSTERS</B><P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The Guangdong Modern Dance Company from China is one of the big success stories of international dance. Making its New York debut on Tuesday night at the Joyce Theater, the troupe remained a pacesetter with a difference.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/01/arts/01GUAN.html" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited March 01, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2001 7:37 am 
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From Salt Lake City:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>China's Guangdong Dance Company Has The Best of East, West</B><P>Scott C. Morgan, Salt Lake Tribune<P> In China, modern dance is in its adolescence. The country has one official modern-dance troupe, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, around only since 1990.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.sltrib.com/03092001/scores/77815.htm" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A><p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited March 15, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2001 7:16 am 
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A review:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Guangdong Modern Dance Company Thrills Audience</B><P>Scott C. Morgan, Salt Lake Tribune<P> OGDEN -- A richly deserved standing ovation greeted China's Guangdong Modern Dance Company for its recent performance at Ogden's Peery's Egyptian Theater. On the heels of a triumphant run at the Joyce Theater in New York City, the GMDC affirmed its previous acclaim with a consistently dazzling performance filled with virtuosity and boundless energy.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.sltrib.com/03152001/thursday/79699.htm" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2001 2:08 pm 
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I am astounded by the few reviews I've read....it seems unbelievable that the country where "Tienanmen Sq" happened would allow this subject matter (as per the reiviewer; we can't always be positive of the intent of the choreographer)to be explored. Individuality vs. society, homosexuality, blending eastern and Western forms! Incredible! This is truly amazaing! Only since 1990 has modern/contemporary been introduced into China, and then only via a very few select individuals through ADF...one wonders how how those very limited influences will "percolate" over time so to speak, and the cultural brew which is formuated will really be "somthing to see"!! Wow!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:22 pm 
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[img]../../../images/guangdong-solo.jpg[/img] <P>Guess what???? Guangdong is coming to the West Coast. A message I received from ODC Off-Site (the performances will be at the Cowell Theatre in SF and Meany Theatre in Seattle):<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>On October 18-20, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company will be making their California debut. Formed in 1992, Guangdong was the very first modern dance company to come out of China. They have since paved the way for modern dance in a country where traditional dance prevailed.<P>Though they have been to New York City and various other US cities, this will be Guangdong's first time in San Francisco and I'm thrilled that ODC is a part of this spectacular event.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2001 1:16 pm 
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I saw Guangdong a few years ago when they toured the Northeast and they are truly spectacular- everyone should definitely go seen this company!<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2001 7:50 am 
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Here is a preview article that appeared on Friday, October 5 for performances scheduled October 11-13. Regrettably, the Chinese government has not allowed the company to leave China, ostensibly due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks. Their performance has been replaced in Seattle by the Urban Bush Women performing "Hair Stories." The article:<P> <A HREF="http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/classical/41426_clas05.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/classical/41426_clas05.shtml</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2001 8:10 am 
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Bummmer!!!!!!!!!!! I was really getting excited to see this company. And was also pursuing the possibility of reviewing them for c-d. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!<p>[This message has been edited by trina (edited October 08, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2001 10:29 am 
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This cancellation is so, so sad for SF. I know ODC and theater manager Andrew Wood had been working like crazy to bring them here for more than a year now, and it was to have been the innagural engagement for a new presenting program. Andrew deserves our sincere thanks for his thwarted efforts.


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
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Bummer. I was so looking forward to seeing them. Yes, Andrew Wood and the ODC Theater deserve much credit for their efforts in presenting Guangdong in SF, which would have been the lynchpin of the now aborted tour.<P>I wonder if they can turn this into something else, like FallFest 2001 or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Guangdong Modern Dance Company
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2001 11:19 am 
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Just got word that next Thursday's gala concert for Guangdong in SF will be turned into a "concert for peace," with at least one company, ODC/SF, already signed up.


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