December Dance | Flanders-Asia Connection
December Dance takes place in Brugge|Bruges, Belgium 4-14 December 2014 on the theme Connecting Asia, exploring contemporary Asian dance scene from Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Korea (14 productions - 10 Belgian premieres). A Round Table Discussion on the Flanders-Asia Connection is organised on 5 December.December Dance is a collaboration between Concertgebouw Brugge and Cultuurcentrum Brugge. December Dance 14 focuses on the (contemporary) Asian dance scene. Under the title Connecting Asia, we bridge the gap between East and West, contemporary and traditional; slowness and speed, music and silence, spirituality and exuberance … and in so doing, we generate confrontation and dialogue.
DECEMBER DANCE - programme in brief:The dancers and drummers of Taiwan’s U-Theatre, Japanese Butoh choreographer Ushio Amagatsu and Pichet Klunchun, the great master of Khon, the Thai masked dance form, all rework their country’s dance traditions in an amazingly contemporary way. But we also have Western and Asian choreographers and dancers who have entered into cross-border collaborations. Audience favourite Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates a poetic choreography for young Chinese dancer Yabin Wang, Belgian.
German Arco Renz explores the tensions between youth and age, together with senior dancers from the Vietnam National Opera Ballet, and Dutch choreographer duo Leine and Roebana adapt their dance vocabulary to include gamelan music and traditional Indonesian dance. Korean Hyoseung Ye and Taiwanese Shang-Chi Sun, on the other hand, present choreographies that might be seen as purely Western contemporary dance.