Beijing dance troupe performs Nov. 21 in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the internationally acclaimed Chinese dance company BeijingDance/LDTX 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.

Tickets start at $39 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-8587.

Born out of a controversial and exciting time of rapid cultural change in China, BeijingDance/LDTX has captured worldwide attention since its founding in 2005 as the country’s first non-governmental and independent professional dance company.

Its acronym, LDTX, is short for “Lei Dong Tian Xia,” which translates as “Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven,” a fitting name for the trail-blazing troupe.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Willy Tsao, China’s foremost figure in modern dance, and Deputy Artistic Director Li Hanzhong, BeijingDance/LDTX features a dozen technically exquisite dancers as well as a diverse repertoire of cutting-edge choreography from China.

BeijingDance/LDTX aims to create a free platform for contemporary dance artists in China and to promote dance as a multi-faceted art form with an emphasis on each artist’s distinctive personality, modernity and originality.

The company has toured extensively across five continents with overwhelming response from audiences, making it an important cultural ambassador from China to the world.

BeijingDance/LDTX’s Scottsdale program will include four works: “Standing Before Darkness” by Tibetan choreographer Sang Ji-Jia; “October,” a quirky, elegant and innovative duet featuring music of Tchaikovsky by choreographers Liu Bin and Song Ting-Ting; “Waiting Alone” by choreographer Xu Yi-Ming; “Treading on Grass” set to the music of Stravinsky’s Firebird by choreographers Li Hanzhong and Ma Bo.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue.

Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

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