The Way of Dance Series is the latest offering from Miranda Chin Dance Company since their last production of the 7-episode Chinese Martial Arts Dance Series between 2001 and 2008. It is a dance with “the way” as its main line of creative development, and nature as the source of discerning the wisdom of life.
The first episode of The Way of Dance Series – The Highest State of Good – Water is a multi-media dance theatre which showcases an interplay between rhythms, visual arts and live music in its performance. A local production that places equal emphasis on the traditional ways of interpretation and contemporary creativity, it is created and choreographed by Miranda Chin, with music directed by composer Chan Ming-chi.
For this production, Chin visited Mount Wudang in Central China to study “the way”. The dance work bases its main line of creative development on the observation “the highest state of good resembles water” in Lao Zi’s Daodejing – the most supreme of Chinese classics. It shows how water is the source of life through elements of Taichi and Laban dynamic rhythms. Water has a beneficent and non-contentious disposition which comes from nature itself. The highest state of good hence uses water to exemplify the way, which constitutes a higher level of symbolism. The dancers use water and the way as the themes to explore, experience and taste life with a dynamic rhythm that embodies the intertwined relationship between things and the self.
Dancing with Water - The Way to Discern the Wisdom of Life
A multimedia dance production incorporating light, sound, dance, video and installation
When Taichi meets Laban - Dynamics and rhythmics, East and West splash out in splendour
Guzheng and percussion accompaniment