“Sounding Bodies” with Assembly Dance Theatre of Taiwan
The UC Davis Institute for Theatre, Dance, and Performance (ITDP), which serves as a creative laboratory for our faculty to pursue their creative and scholarly research, presents “Sounding Bodies,” a dance concert featuring performances by Taiwan’s Assembly Dance Theatre as well as a new collaborative work by Theatre and Dance chair David Grenke and professor Jon D. Rossini.
It will take place in the Main Theatre of Wright Hall, May 11-13 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 13.
Assembly Dance Theatre (ADT) was founded by the artistic director Yang Kuei-Chuan in 1993. The company focuses on indigenous culture and assembles outstanding choreographers to create a global dance language. ADT has presented 140 performances in Taiwan, the United States and Great Britain. A dance critic for New York’s Village Voice has said, “Kuei-Chuan’s dances are tightly constructed and full of feeling and pageantry. They use traditional materials in contemporary ways, engaging a range of spectators.”
“Kuei-Chuan’s choreography is beautiful and deeply thought provoking,” said Grenke. “Her dancers are extremely talented, versatile, and disciplined. Kuei-Chuan’s work truly captures the human soul.”
Grenke and Rossini’s “Low Flying Planes” combines bodies in motions, text, and music by Alan Terricciano, professor of dance, UC Irvine. It questions whether it is truly possible to come together and share a meaningful conversation.