Sweden | Sami Chinese Project
Unlike many typical ”East-meets-West collaborations", in the Sami Chinese Project, it is Europe which represents ancient and China which represents contemporary. The Sami tradition of “yoik” singing has been passed down through the generations, and survived despite much of Sami culture being lost to modernization. On the other side of the globe in urban megalopolis Beijing, indie-folk-rocker Xiao He draws on everything from Peking Opera to punk rock.Choreographer Tao Ye insists that in the 21st century categories like “East” and “West” are no longer relevant as we become more intertwined and accessible to each other. In this era, purports Tao, anything is up for grabs and no one can claim ownership of any aspect of a culture. How do artists create identities in this new “free-for-all” environment? Read more about the Sami Chinese Project Choreographer: Tao Ye, Composers/musicians: Axel Andersson, Simon Issát Marainen, Xiao He Dancers: TAO Dance Theater Lighting designer: Ellen Ruge Photo: Fan Xi Coproduction: NorrlandsOperan, Ping Pong Productions and TAO Dance Theater. Supported by: Umeå2014, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Region Västerbotten.