In March 2012, Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company will spend three weeks as artist-in-resident, working with students in the New Works/ World Traditions performance troupe. Ms. Gao will teach students a piece which will then be performed at The Spring Festival of Dance. This residency is sponsored by the Year of China in collaboration with the Creative Arts Council, The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Ping Pong Productions.
Biography of Gao Yanjinzi, Artistic Director, Beijing Modern Dance Company
One of the founding members of BMDC, her work draws on her Buddhist upbringing and traditional Chinese dance training. In a contemplative, harmonious world her dancers move with a natural flow of energy, yet surprises lurk around every turn, causing audiences to question the legtimacy of such binaries as "traditional/modern" and "East/West."
She has received numerous major awards for performance and choreography both in China and abroad, including the Grand Prix at the 12th International Modern Choreography Competition in Belarus for her piece Worlds (1999). Ms. Gao has adjudicated national dance competitions and served as artistic director for such programs as the 2006 China Central Television (CCTV) Chinese Lunar New Year Arts Special. She performs and presents her work throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, and has received commissions to create works for such festivals as the Berlin Art Festival (Jue-Aware 2004), Italy's Biennale de Venezia (Oath-Midnight Rain, 2006), Singapore Dance Festival (Jing Hua Shui Yue-INTO,2006), Holland Dance Festival (Women of the World-Offering, 2007), etc. Her work Jue-Aware has received the Danza e Danza award for best performance in 2006 by Italy's leading dance magazine Danza e Danza.
Ms. Gao was personally invited by Pina Bausch to create and perform a solo work As I Heard to premiere in Ms. Bausch's dance festival in in Wuppertal, Germany in November, 2008. Ms. Gao collaborated with Canada's Wen Wei Dance in 2009 to create a new work Under Skin which premiered in the Canada Dance Festival at the Canada National Art Center in 2010 and is
touring China in 2011.