Choreographic Residency in the Department of Dance Towson University 2022

Commissioned Piece for the Department of Dance Towson University
Choreography I Xiang Xu
Lighting Design I Jay Herzog
Costume Design I Leigh Targaryen
Cast I Towson University Dance Company

Monkey Mind

Each day our minds are abuzz with thousands of thoughts that compete for our attention and demand that we act. An ego-driven “Monkey Mind” constantly flickers between impulses rooted in love or fear. 

 

According to Buddhist teachings, the monkey mind refers to a state of being unsettled, restless, or confused. It emanates from the part of our brains that become easily distracted. The path to happiness and enlightened requires quieting our monkey minds.

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Choreographic Residency in The School of Theatre and Dance                           James Madison University 2021

Commissioned piece for The School of Theatre and Dance, JMU
Choreography | Xiang Xu
Music Composition | Yo Yo Ma and Laurie Anderson
Lighting Design | Steven P Spera
Costume Design | Elizabeth Powell Wislar
Cast | The School of Theatre and Dance, JMU


The Bardo 

In the space between past and future, having and losing, knowing and not knowing, lies an opportunity for awakening.

Bardo is a Tibetan word that simply means a “transition” or a gap between the completion of one situation and the onset of another. Bar means “in between,” and do means “suspended” or “thrown.” Bardo is a word made famous by the popularity of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

I think of a bardo as being like a moment when you step toward the edge of a precipice; such a moment, for example, is when a master introduces a disciple to the essential, original, and innermost nature of his or her mind. The greatest and most charged of these moments, however, is the moment of death.
         

                                                                                              Sogyal Rinpoche

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2020-2021 #C3 CORE CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION
WINNER ANNOUNCED

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J CHEN PROJECT’s CORE Choreography Competition #C3 identifies one emerging to mid-career choreographer who will have an opportunity to create and develop an original choreographic work on JCP dancers. The winning choreographer receives a creative honorarium and a 20-hour commission residency with JCP dancers. JCP's Artistic Director Jessica Chen guides the residency. 

 

20120-2021 #C3 winner: Xiang Xu Xiang Xu creates a new work on J CHEN PROJECT!

 

Arts on Site (Studio 3R Theater)

SAVE THE DATES!
August 20, 2021 at 6:30pm
August 20, 2021 at 8:30pm
August 21, 2021 at 7:30pm

Digital ChoreoLab Residency in Danceworks Chicago August 2020

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CUNY Dance Initiative Residency 2019-2020 

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Residency in Palestinian Diyar Theatre  Bethlehem, Palestine 2019                     

Unity 

Rehearsal Clips 

Choreographer: Xiang Xu

It had been five weeks since working with these amazing human beings. Life teaches us how to be strong in this severe environment. I believe one day you all will see the hope of making your great nation prosperous in this land. Never give up Never step back you have given me life-changing experiences more than anything. Thank you, Palestine 

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Residency in Cambodian National Arts Center with Prumsodun Ok

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Residency in Joffrey Ballet Chicago 2019

Vessel Bearing 

Rehearsal Trailer  

Choreographer: Xiang Xu

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Residency in Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Chicago 2016

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