Michael Mao Dance (New
Michael Mao Dance is a critically
acclaimed New York based modern dance company with an
corps of accomplished dancers. Passionate, yet meticulously
Mao?s work is infused with a visceral, elemental power. His dances
the stage with compelling images and enthrall audiences with their
emotional immediacy. Rooted in the traditions of American modern
Mao?s works are graced with the formal considerations of classical
ballet and reveal the choreographer?s Asian heritage in their
expansive choreographic means.
Michael Mao Dance recently performed
at The Edinburgh Fringe at the Edinburgh International Conference
Centre (seating 600) in August 2009 as the concluding company with
JK&A?s Booking DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2009. The company?s
brought audiences to its feet with Mao?s captivating work Weaving,
performed to Kodos drumming. Michael Mao was also selected as only
of two artists to be interviewed for the BBC?s feature story on
?Exquisitely crafted work, very
satisfying in its suave beauty.?
?Mao?s stark visual imagery demands as much attention as his bold narrative content. There is a symbiosis of rare power. It works beautifully.? St. Louis Post-Dispatch
?A gratifying adventure?an exciting
repertoire performed by excellent dancers.? Arbeiderbladet,
?It was an absolute feast for the
eyes and ears, with impressive choreography, skilled dancing and a
variety of musical pieces. Michael Mao offered us ?Lorca Libre? ?
fantastic performances based on the poetry of Federico Garcia
including my favourite of the afternoon, ?Son de Negros en Cuba,
?China Moves?, a complicated but dazzling example of dance centred
around kinetic forces, showcasing the partnership between Mao and
Ruo ? a prize-winning composer with some intriguing and unique
The simple set worked wonderfully, with the performances
but not distracting from the movements of the talented dancers ?
lighting in particular was amazing.?
?Michael Mao Dance opens the show
with Weaving, a strikingly powerful modern dance quartet with a
edge. Here, both men and women display their power as they command
stage with their physicality and athleticism. The dancers kick,
leap and cartwheel to create a frenzy of strength and technique.
energy exerted by the company is tangible and, as the piece
climax, the audience is left eager for more.?
?Mao has a feel for drama and strong
musicality, bringing us passionate and high quality choreography.?
AVAILABLE FOR TOURING FEBURARY-MARCH
The Chinese New Year Nutcracker tells the tale of the twins in 1937 Shanghai. A special firecracker, the Chinese symbol of celebration, sets them off on a magical journey to far-off lands. A captivating spin on a familiar tale, it is fast-paced, sophisticated, and a delight for all the senses. The sumptuous production is designed by the legendary Ming Cho Lee and features 118 costumes by Linda Cho and narration by Tony award-winning actor B.D. Wong. Set to Tchaikovsky?s timeless score, with additional music by Dudley Buck, Henry Cowell and Jonathan Faiman, FireCracker will delight, enchant and thrill all.
?Mao gave us a ballet that unveiled strata of human emotions not explicit, but deeply felt. It spoke volumes.? ? South China Morning Post
- a propulsive motion powerhouse driven by Kodo?s drums.
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