Renowned Chinese dance company coming to Minneapolis as part of national tour

Feb. 03, 2012

Arts Midwest just launched a tour of renowned Chinese dance company, Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai. For the next four weeks, the company will conduct educational workshops, master classes, and performances in six U.S. cities, including Minneapolis.

Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai invokes an unexpected fusion of western and traditional Chinese culture and draws on the vision and expertise of celebrated founder and dancer, Jin Xing. The first Chinese dancer to win a grant in New York from the Asian Cultural Council, Jin Xing has studied with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon, among others. Her resulting artistic and personal journeys have been filled with acclaim, perseverance, and outstanding skill. The company is performing Shanghai Tango, an overview of Jin Xing’s artistic work from the last 25 years, on the U.S. tour.

The 2012 tour is part of a unique partnership between Arts Midwest, 20 presenting organizations from large American universities, and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. The partnership is committed to increasing the capacity of U.S. presenting organizations to curate and tour this important work, and to providing opportunities for American students to engage with Chinese artists and cultural leaders.

Dancers in flowing, white costumes leaping in the air
From Shanghai Tango. Photo by Paula Kajzar.

The Minneapolis presentation of Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai is presented in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium. The performance will take place at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.

The company made its New York debut on February 1 at the Joyce Theatre. In addition to the performance and residency in Minneapolis, the company will tour to Penn State University (University Park, PA); Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington, MA); D ’Angelo Performing Arts Center (Erie, PA) ; and the Leid Center of Kansas at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS).

To purchase tickets to the upcoming performance of Jin Xing or for more information on the upcoming performance at Northrop, please visit Northrop’s website.