Against the tonal wash of a gray-scale backdrop – an encircling wall, a long stair and numerous pillows – three dancers use Gu Jiani's interlocking movement system and pass the energy flow among them. In her latest creation, Exit, Gu Jiani explores the human desire to exit the mundane. In a perpetual cycle of creation and destruction, we all seek liberty and self-fulfillment, yet our desires simultaneously hinder us. Inspired by the principle that all acting forces create equal and opposite reacting forces, Exit explores the tension between conflict and acceptance, and ultimately provokes the fundamental question: Where is our exit really? An independent choreographer from China, Gu Jiani has brought her choreographic works to many respected venues and festivals, including Today Art Museum (Beijing), Guangdong Dance Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Shanghai International Arts Festival, Houston, Michigan, Melbourne Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Founder of Untitled Group／GU Jiani
Originating from southern China, GU Jiani has been trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance since childhood with a physical texture that is neat yet subtle. The core of her works is to explore the multilateral relationship between visual impact, emotional impulse, and physical space. In addition to choreography, GU is also a painter and cerates video and multi-media projects. In 2013 GU established Untitled Group, working with independent dancers and experimenter from other disciplines. With the contemplation of the void, the group focus on the condition of life: from void to being; from being to void.
Concept Design and Choreography / GU Jiani
Dancers / LEI Yan, WANG Xuan-qi, GU Jiani
Lighting Design / GOH Boon-ann (Malaysia)
Lighting Assistant / TSENG Jui-hsuan (Taiwan)
Stage Manager / ZHOU Ya-jing
Sound Design / LOGA
Stage Design / HE Zheng, GU Jiani
Costume Design / JIN Ting, GU Jiani
Producer / Untitled Group
Management & Producer / Ping Pong Productions
Co-commissioned by the 18th Annual China Shanghai International Arts Festival, R.A.W. Program