Gone to the Unseen (2019) Commissioned Work
Cambodian National Arts Center
Poet: Rumi (13th century Persian)
At last, you have departed and gone to the Unseen.
What marvelous route did you take from this world?
Beating your wings and feathers, you broke free from this cage.
Rising up to the sky, you attained the world of the soul.
You were a prized falcon trapped by an Old Woman.
Then you heard the drummer's call and flew beyond space and time.
Vessels Bearing (2019)
Joffrey Academy of Dance
Rice is the lifeblood of Asian culture. When it lands on our table, the rice bowl holds its energy, maintains its warmth, and binds ten thousand grains into a cohesive entity. The bowl is a boundary that embodies the togetherness with all that is inside, and the separation from all that is outside.
The Soul of Water (2018)
Great Hall of the People, Beijing
Different from former Dai dances, the Soul of Water has no traditional pavanes. Although three curves were still applied to display the exquisite bodies of women, some elements of modern dances were added to make the composition more smooth and fluent. The second half told about the little acolyte who grew up and entered into the world of God for his own spiritual pursuit. As the director, I did my best to integrate more movements and expressions of traditional dancing culture into my creation and even referred to Indian classical dance and Thai dances. Through this composition, audiences could witness my deliberation and exploration of the national spiritual status from a child’s angle. From the dark and chaotic world into the brightness of Buddha, perhaps we should experience the love behind it with a Buddhist mind.
The People of the Sun (2018)
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Chicago
Choreographer: Xiang Xu
Venues: David Logan Center for the Arts Chicago
Production years: 2018
Divinely revealed religions across the world point to a single omnipotent deity. The sun has been given an extraordinary position in early African cultures. Its commanding presence in the sky, its brightness too strong to look at, its light and warmth essential for life—is a powerful symbol for the divine. Depictions of the sun are rare in Africa’s traditional arts, but ideas about the sun underscore its ever-present influence. In some traditions on the continent and in the African diaspora, the rising and setting of the sun and its path across the sky each day suggest the cycle of life, from birth to adulthood to death and rebirth.
Unbounded World (2017)
Deeply Rooted Dance Teater, Chicago
The Dance of Mindedness embodies the human’s spiritual understanding of themselves, their exploration of soul and desire for spiritual power. In the pure light, dancers give full play to their potential to seek disallowed hope and inner quietness. This is the call of Buddha and the realm of Nirvana. For this piece, I deeply explored Buddhist philosophy in regard to contemporary dance. The piece supports my belief in sharing different religious philosophies in dance with different background dancers and choreographers. Dance Teater, Chicago
Safe Room (2017)
Company: XY Motion
Choreographed by Xiang Xu, Hyung Ji Yu
Music by Debussy, Krysztof Penderecki
Performers: Hyung Ji Yu, Xiang Xu
There is a room where people can talk freely about ideas and share their secrets without fear of being judged. We all have that small room in our hearts, but sometimes we keep the door locked. If we open it, we find one can exist without the risk of feeling ashamed. In that room, we can be trustfully ourselves and create our individual kingdom to unleash our restricted freedoms. That is the safe room where I stay.
In Brtightness (2015)
Choreographer: Xiang Xu
Dance Group: Creation Group of The Soul of the Water
This is so I heard. Buddhist temples spread over the world while the brightness shines the whole world. Brightness means wisdom and hope is the direction of life.
Dawn Undersea (2015)
Choreographed by Xiang Xu
Performer: Xiang Xu
This piece explores the relationship between the ocean, the source of all life on earth, and the human body. The strange and yet familiar fluid movements of undersea creatures provide a primal inspiration for this contemporary choreography.
Our Yellow River 《我们的黄河》
Choreographer: XU Xiang
Dancers: Beijing Dance Academy
Yellow River has recorded the story of our nation…
A passionate river!
An unyielding river!
A river that writes the love and hate of our mother
Our Yellow River chooses the music of the well-known piano concerto Yellow River. Setting Anti-Japanese War as the background, the composition aims to speak highly of those heroes who fought against invaders strong-mindedly. It is the very fighting spirit that hits our hearts and triggers our creation. In our own ways, we unscramble the Yellow River to commemorate that unforgettable period. This is Our Yellow River.