Founded in 1989, Miranda Chin Dance Company is dedicated to promoting Chinese Culture in Modern dance. Its vitality lies both in creativity and endeavors at opening up new horizons by blending the essence of eastern and western dance, aspiring to reflect in modern dance the uniqueness of Hong Kong culture.
The Company’s important works include Innovative Chinese Rhythms & Movements, Calligraphy Fantasia, Four Seasons and Chinese Martial Arts Dance Series which received high acclaim. The Company has toured in various arts festivals held in the United States, Britain, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia and China. In 2008 the company was invited by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee to perform in the 2008 Olympic Games cultural events in Beijing.
Artistic Director / Choreographer - Miranda Chin
Considered the first generation modern dance choreographer in Hong Kong, Miranda choreographed, produced and danced in over 100 pieces works which have been staged in London, New York, Canada, Beijing, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Cyrus and Seoul. Miranda was listed in the Who’s Who of Contemporary Achievement and received the World Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Biographical Institute. She also received the Twentieth Century Award for Achievement from the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, the United Kingdom. Miranda also published the book Wuji in 2010, to share her exploration process for the Chinese Martial Arts Dance Series.
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Translating Chinese Classic into Contemporary Dance
Chinese Culture + Health + Tai Chi + Contemporary Arts
The Highest State of Good – Water
The dance work bases its main line of creative development on the observation The Highest State of Good – Water in Lao Xi’s Daodejing – the most supreme of Chinese classics. It shows how water is the source of life through elements which comes from nature itself. The Highest State of Good hence uses water to exemplify the way, which constitutes a higher level of symbolism.
The work made use of the renowned music of Stravinsky to explore the Chinese tradition of Wu (magic). The changeable Wu, a communication medium for Heaven, Earth and Human Beings, is the origin of all dancers. In ancient society, Wu dominated the whole world and nature can be used to avert calamities and bring blessings.
As time changes, the battles between snakes and birds awoke the wisdom of Tai Chi. Then, humans started to find mastery over heaven, earth and man, and to fathom the virtual and the real. Wu tried to transfer the wisdom to the world and to communicate with humans. However, humans ignored all the ways to communicate with Wu. Wu, lonely and heart-broken, went to her death. Would this sad story be able to awake the need of getting a balance when choosing a new form of communication?
The Rite of Spring 100 Years
(Inner Canon of Huangdi)
Using the earliest ancient Chinese medical manual Huangdi Neijing as guiding thread in the pursuit of the function of ancient dancing which began as Xuandaofa to seek health, this dance is enriched by rhythmic motions from such sources as the Western Han Dynasty silk painting Mawangdui Daoyin Tu (Gymnastic Chart from Mawangdui), Chen Xiyi’s meditation chart, and life nourishing exercises like the Five Animal Plays, Eight Length of Brocade, Tendon Transformation Canon, and Six-Character Formula. Zhang Guangde’s Daoyin Yangshen Gong inspired the dancer’s creation from interpreting the life-nourishing rhythmic motions of “heart, liver, spleen, lung, and kidney” to transforming them into contemporary dance.
Tai Chi, the outwardly gentle and practical exercise, harbors great potential for attack and aggressiveness. The Tai Chi chant is filled with poetic paintings capable of great beauty. In it lies the image that pervades tonight’s creative performance. Through traditional Tai Chi and swordplay workshops, the dancers have imbibed the essence of this art form.