with Guangdong Modern Dance Company


Presented by Expressions Dance Company, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Discover the best of international dance when some of China’s most talented and captivating dance artists join Queensland's acclaimed ensemble from Expressions Dance Company for three achingly beautiful and compelling works.

Showcasing the stunning artistry and exhilarating physicality of contemporary dancers, Black features a trio of brief works from three leading choreographers: Natalie Weir (EDC), Liu Qi (China) and Xing Liang (Hong Kong). Featuring sublime music and lighting, this Chinese/Australian collaboration draws multiple tales of exploration, emotion and poetry to celebrate our cultural connection.


According to an ancient saying, a grain as tiny as a mustard seed can reveal all the wonders of Mount Sumeru. Dance, like a mustard seed, may contain many interesting stories if you care to take a moment to look inside. Guangdong Modern Dance Company's resident choreographer, Liu Qi, explores the gravity, energy and temperature which organically guides the kinesis of the body, creating a dynamic wash of exploration while in search of the mustard seed within Mount Sumeru.


Exploring the emotional power of words. Words that come between us, words that inspire us and words we wish we had never said. This exquisite work by Natalie Weir has never before been seen in Brisbane.


Black is a mysterious colour that’s full of the unknown and infinite possibility. In this Chinese-Australian collaboration, Hong Kong based choreographer, Xing Liang, alongside dancers from Expressions Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company have used materials and textures seen in their lives, such as architecture, poetry and experience to collage the dreamlike, fleeting and ineffable charm of black.

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This performance will run for approximately 110 minutes including a 20 minute interval. 

12 - 20  February 2016
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

2016 - 2017 China tour 
(Touring title:  51°  Cosmos )



Choreography - Liu Qi
Performance - Guangdong Modern Dance Company
Music Design - Thomas Lee Pettersen, Kung Chi Shing
Lighting Design - Low Shee Hoe


Choreography – Natalie Weir
Dancers – Expressions Dance Company
Design Concept - Francis Croese
Music Design – Max Richter
Costume Design – Bill Haycock
Lighting Design – Low Shee Hoe


Choreography – Xing Liang
Dancers – Expressions Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company
Music Design – Kung Chi Shing
Costume Design - Linda Lee
Lighting Design - Low Shee Hoe

Guangdong Modern Dance Company

Guangdong Modern Dance Company, founded in 1992 by current director Willy Tsao, is mainland China's first professional modern dance company. Based in one of the most vigorous regions in China, the company has attracted some of the most talented and daring artists in China.

Works created by its dancers, resident choreographers, artistic directors and international guest artists have won critical acclaim and overwhelming audience responses worldwide. The company tours extensively to many regions around the world in North America, Europe and Asia.


About the Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project

Photos by David Kelly