Beyond Calligraphy is developed from Liu Qi’s Upon Calligraphy, a dance production that has had nearly 100 performances since its premiere in 2005. The work has also won awards for Liu Qi and the Guangdong Modern Dance Company on outstanding choreography, lighting design, performance as well as production.
In spring 2011, the program is invited to show in Beijing after being selected Work of Excellence, Theatre Arts of Guangdong. The work is also commissioned to be expanded from a 43 minutes’ work to a full evening program of around 70 minutes in length. The dance structure of the original version of Upon Calligraphy, where in five dances represent five different script styles in the history of Chinese calligraphy, is retained in this new production. Liu Qi has created a new epilogue to the original finale that commented on the hasty and emotionless mode of communication in the digital era. The new epilogue pays homage to the spiritual essence of ink wash painting. A new balance and harmony is found Beyond Calligraphy.
The modern music is full of Chinese elements, which is interwined with dance, awakening the calligraphy strange beauty. Let us welcome to the long-awaited ink and the heart of Oriental philosphy.