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Tour in the world
7.12 Performance at Guangzhou Friendship Theater
8.12 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
8.26 Jiangmen Performing Arts Center
9.4-5 Performance at Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Malaysia
9.9 Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand
10.20-21 Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico Theatre
10.27-27 The City Theatre of Mexico Th
12.6 Performance at Hunan Grand Theatre
12.16-17 Performance at Shanghai International Dance Center
12.21 Performance at Nanshan Cultural and Sports Center, Shenzhen

One of the big success stories of international dance

a pacesetter with a difference

-- The New York Times

Full of meditative grace, sharp, cut-crystal physicality and languid dignity.


Powered by a beautiful mix of grace and testosterone.


Choreographer: Liu Qi

Composer: Li Chin Sung

Lighting Design (original): Goh Boon Ann

Lighting Design (re-run): LOW Shee Hoe

Costume Design: Wu Bing

Performance: Guangdong Modern Dance Company

Duration 85 minutes (with 15 minutes interval)

About the Program

Beyond Calligraphy is one of the most popular repertoire of Guangdong Modern Dance Company. It’s developed into a 2-episodes full evening program in 2011. Upon Calligraphy, Episode 1, has been one of Guangdong Modern Dance Company’s most successful productions. Since the debut performance in 2005, the work has had more than 100 performances all around the world. 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. Upon Calligraphy is a poem of movements, which are developed from the stylistic essence of different Chinese scripts. It comprises five dances named after the five different script styles in the Chinese calligraphy. The Washington Post describes it as “full of meditative grace, sharp, cut-crystal physicality and languid dignity.

Episode 2 Ink Wash Landscape, pays homage to the spiritual essence of ink wash painting. The linear logic of development in the original work, which comments on the cold, emotionless mode of communication in the digital era, is resolved in balance and harmony between the water and ink.