Exit 21. October

Gu Jiani is one of Chinas most internationally acclaimed dance creators, now in Norway for the first time. 

Gu Jianis work embodies both fusion and juxtaposition. Originating from Southern China, Gu trained in both ballet and classical Chinese dance. Through exploration and self-discovery, she has rejected conventional training to create her own unique style of movement combining the precision of ballet and the virtuosity of Chinese classical dance. Her choreography has toured Hong Kong Festival, the US, Melbourne Festival, and throughout China.

In Exit, Gu explores the human desire to exit the mundane. In a perpetual cycle of creation and destruction, we seek paths to liberty and self-fulfillment, yet our desires simultaneously stand in our own way. Inspired by the physics principle that all acting forces create equal and opposite reacting forces, Exit explores the interplay of cause and effect.

With explosive athleticism, Gu Jiani and dancers create an inter-locking system; one dancer’s action sparks a current that flows throughout the others. Against the tonal wash of a grayscale backdrop, the dancers’ precision movements interconnect like parts of a machine. Yet, juxtaposed with the perpetual motion is the idea of confrontation and rejection. In exploring the tension between conflict and acceptance, Gu Jiani’s work ultimately provokes these fundamental questions: Where is the exit really? Or, should we re-examine our original desires?

Ettersnakk med Gu Jiani og Eckard Thiemann: Gu Jiani i samtale med Eckard Thiemann

With

Company:
Untitled Group
Consept, design and choregraphy :
Gu Jiani
Dancers:
Gu Jiani
Wang Xuanqi
Lei Yan
Light design:
Goh Boon Ann
Lighting assistant:
Tseng Jui Hsuan
Sound design:
Loga
Stage design:
He Zheng
Gu Jiani
Costumes:
Jin Ting, Gu Jiani
Producer:
Gu Jiani
Technical coordinator:
Goh Boon Ann
Stage manager:
Zhou Yajing
Grphic design:
Fan Cong
Photography:
Hua Dong
Kezi
Chen Xiaoqian
Video documenting:
Hua Dong
Video editing:
Fan Cong
International management and producing:
Ping Pong Productions
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