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Tel-Aviv: Yang Liping in a Contemporary Version of the Chinese "Rite of Spring"

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

Hi there!

Two years ago, the Israeli audience discovered the work of Chinese choreographer Yang Liping. Her work "Under Siege" attracted a lot of interest, was enthusiastically reviewed and left thousands of viewers thrilled by the show.

Now Yang Liping is returning to Israel with a new piece, her special version of "Rite of Spring". In the debut in Shanghai in 2018, Liping offered her own version of one of the well-known and beloved dance works of the 20th century, "Rite of Spring," to music by Igor Stravinsky.

WHEN: POSTPONED from February to July 16-19, 2020 (four performances) due to the situation in China.


It is important to note that all of the band members including the dancers and technical team are healthy, but because of the sensitivity of the corona virus situation, the producers of the show have decided to postpone it and anticipate enjoying the beautiful dance performances in the summer.

Tel-Aviv: Yang Liping in a Contemporary Version of the Chinese "Rite of Spring"

Photo Credit: Yijian Li

The work is divided into three parts, with the second part using the Igor Stravinsky's music for "Rite of Spring". The first and third parts are accompanied by original music influenced by Tibetan sources.

This work of Liping is influenced by Tibetan and Chinese symbols of nature, belief in the cycle of life and death and the inevitable belief in rebirth.

Onto an impressive and breathtaking stage designed by Tim Yip (Oscar-winning art director for the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), come the dancers in colorful attire performing a meditation ceremony. A Tibetan monk arranges on stage Chinese gold-embossed words, five repetitive words with a mystical meaning.

The interrelation between Stravinsky's music and the original Tibetan music creates a wonderful combination as the so familiar sounds of "Rite of Spring" blend with the special, sometimes meditative and sometimes turbulent music capturing the ear.

Throughout the performance, the Tibetan monk, as in a ritual ceremony, continues to assemble and disassemble the golden words, defining the central theme of the work - regeneration and rebirth.

Yang Liping's work opens a window into Chinese / Tibetan culture and blends Western elements into a show of passion and rare beauty.

Since the Shanghai premiere, "Rite of Spring" has been featured around the world, in London, at the Edinburgh Festival, Moscow, Australia, and all over China and has received excellent reviews.

Yang Liping, Director and Choreographer

The creator and dancer belongs to the Bai ethnic minority from the city of Dali in the Yunnan district. She is a distinguished dancer and also serves as Vice Chairman of the Chinese Dancers Association.

From childhood, Liping loved to dance but was never professionally trained. With her incredible natural talent, she has become one of China's most unique and decorated dancers. Liping joined a band of dancers who wandered around the China Sea and came to the most remote and isolated places to preserve Chinese tradition and culture in all its diversity. In 1986, she began working on her solo dance, creating her original work "Spirit of the Peacock", an elegant and dreamy piece. Liping invested from her money and had to borrow money to create the special garment for the work. "Spirit of the Peacock" brought her national fame and was followed by a large selection of works: "Moonlight", "Two Trees", "Love of the Peacock" and several others.

Liping's works have been crowned with many awards including the the gold award for 20th Century Chinese Classics of Dance. Liping won the following awards: best choreography, best dance poetry, best female lead, best costume design and outstanding performance awards at the 4th China ―Lotus Awards. As a multidisciplinary artist, she has written, directed and appeared in the movie "Sunbird" which won the Grand Jury's award at the International Montreal Film Festival. Yang Liping has performed alone and with her various dance ensembles over 4,000 times in China and around the world.

Tim Yip - Visual Designer

A multi-disciplinary artist working in various fields of costume design, artistic design, contemporary design and film design. He won the Oscar and the BAFTA Award for costume design for Ang Lee's movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".In 2001, he collaborated with British creator Akram Khan, creating his "Desh" which won the Olivier Award for best new dance production. Yip is also responsible for designing the highly acclaimed "Under Siege".

Rite of Spring, A Peacock Contemporary Dance Company Production by Yang Liping

Art Management and Choreography: Yang Liping

Decor and Costume Design: Tim Yip

Music: Igor Stravinsky, Xuntian He

Dramaturg: Geluo Liang

Lighting Design: Fabiana Piccoli

Projection design: Tobias Gremmler

Executive Producers: Nathan Wang, Jane Yang

Creative Producer: Farooq Chaudhry


Ticket prices: 190-370 NIS

Performance Times:

Wednesday 5 Feb 2020 at 20:00 -> Postponed to 19 July 2020

Thursday 6 Feb 2020 at 20:00 -> Postponed to 16 July 2020

Friday 7 Feb 2020 at 13:00 -> Postponed to 17 July 2020

Saturday night 8 Feb 2020 at 12:00 and 20:00 -> Postponed to 18 July 2020

Ticket Purchase: On the Israeli Opera's English Website



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