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Loco World and Ping Pong Productions Launch a World Premiere of 6, The Sami Chinese project

Monday, December 2, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Minji Kim

Witness this incredible synergy between ISPA members! Loco World and Ping Pong Productions will launch a world premiere of 6, The Sami Chinese project, an artistic collaboration between TAO Dance Theater, Sami musicians, and composer Xiao He. This was an ISPA Congress Pitch Project born out a Pitch Project! Check out the full description of the project, photos, and a video trailer on the LocoWorld’s official website, or re-produced below. The full schedule of the world tour can be found on the Ping Pong Production’s website.

6, The Sami-Chinese Project 2014Ancient traditions meet contemporary aesthetics in a search for global innovation.

This project brings indigenous Samic musicians from Sweden’s northern Lapland together with one of China’s leading urban indie-folk-rock musicians to create original music for a new performance by leading contemporary Chinese dance group TAO Dance Theater.

Award-winning designer Li Min from China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts will create costumes and set installations inspired by traditional embroidery of Lapland as well as different Chinese ethnic minorities.

Produced by NorrlandsOperan in Umeå, Sweden, this project will premiere January 31, 2014 as the opening performance of the 2014 European Cultural Capital in Umeå, Sweden and later tour China and Scandinavia. The artists have already spent a week working together in residence at Ricklundgården in the far northern village of SAXNÄS, South of Lapland. The next residency will take place in 2013 at TAO Dance Theater’s studio in Beijing.

The Team

TAO YE – Artistic director/Choreographer

Tao Ye is a graduate of the Chongqing Dance School in Chongqing, China. After dancing with the Shanghai Army Song & Dance Ensemble, he joined Jin Xing Dance Theater. In 2004 he began choreographing his own works and together with five independent artists co-founded the Shanghai-based physical performance company "Zuhe Niao”. In 2005, Tao’s duet One Person was performed in the Shanghai Art Center. Tao then joined the Beijing Modern Dance Company (BMDC) in 2006 and toured internationally as well as in China. In March 2008 he founded TAO Dance Theater. Main works include: Weight x 3; Sketch; moment; left & right; 2; 4. In 2012 leading Asian style magazine Men’s UNO awarded Tao Ye the 2012 Elegance Award.

XIAIO HE – Composer/Musician

Xiao He first attracted serious attention in the late 1990s with his experimental band, Glorious Pharmacy, a Dadaesque performance art-rock troupe that mixed folk, jazz, experimentation, improvised performances and action art to create a strangely surreal sound. Modern Sky, China’s largest independent record label, released his first independent CD that was received as one of the most important recordings in contemporary Chinese music.

Xiao He currently plays mainly experimental/improvised solo performances throughout China, Europe, and the US, and has become the inventor of a quirky yet moving style of music.

SIMON ISSÁT MARAINEN – Composer/Musician

Simon Issát Marainen is an established Sami culture worker from the village Soppero in the municipality of Kiruna in the far north of Sweden. He works as a yoiker, musician, writer and poet. Simon debuted with his poetry anthology Viidat/Vid in 2006, and has since then contributed to several short story anthologies for the Sami publishing house Davvi Girji. In 2007 and 2008 Simon played the leading role in the musical Leastadius Uuperan in Pajala, Sweden. He has worked as host on SVT Sápmi, a Sami branch of Swedish Television. In 2007 Simon was awarded the Rubus Arcticus grant for 100 000 SEK for his work in culture. Today Simon is making a living on culture and reindeer husbandry.

AXEL ANDERSSON – Composer/Musician

Axel Olle Sigurd Andersson was born in the village of Akkavare in the municipality of Arvidsjaur in the north of Sweden. For the last five years Axel has been working as a producer, songwriter and musician. Axel is a member of seven bands, most of them with a Sami theme.

Axel has a six-year long education in the fields of afro and jazz genres and has been touring in the USA, Russia, Indonesia, Scandinavia and Europe. He plays the guitar, drums/percussion, keyboard and bass.

LI MIN – Costume and Set Designer

Award-winning designer Li Min from China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts will create costumes and set installations inspired by traditional embroidery of Lapland as well as different Chinese ethnic minorities.

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