Bodies in Motion

Martiality, Not Fighting: Chinese Dance as Political Expression

"Martiality Not Fighting" follows a young Chinese dancer performing the role of conscientious objector. He moves through the pedestrian and the abstract to deliberate the question “to fight or not to fight.” The choreography utilizes iconic images and gestures of martiality as well as combining postmodern dance and the martial arts culture of "Ba Gua Zhang." With spiraling energy, everchanging spatial interplays and physical exchanges, the choreography deconstructs the external martial art expressions of fighting. At its cinematic core, "Martiality Not Fighting" implies forsaking violence in recognition of vital exchange and kinetic empathy.

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