Martial arts and modern dance might seem entirely different, but they actually share many of the same qualities. By mastering both offense and defense, martial artists seek a connection between the self and the outside world. And, by creating balance between motion and stillness, dancers use their bodies to express themselves and interpret the world around them.
Fun fact: The Chinese characters for ‘dance’ and ‘martial arts’ share the same pronunciation.
Though the two art forms diverge in expression, they come together in spirit. Both follow a set of rules that unites our physical and spiritual existences.
Through the Martial Dance performance, Chinese martial arts are shown to the world through the medium of modern dance, with the aim of passing on, developing, innovating and promoting a unique aspect of Eastern cultural identity.
The use of modern dance helps the audience to experience and understand martial arts outside of the context of competitive sports and return it to its essence. Come experience the Martial Dance at 1862 Theatre on October 5-6 to see an elegant and thrilling display of martial arts and modern dance.
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