WestFest 2013 – Poet.Water.Stone

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Poet.Water.Stone
WestFest Top Floor
Wednesday, April 24 and Friday, April 26, 2013
Choreographed and Performed by Annie Wang
Music by Henryk Gorecki

Annie Wang, a New York dancer and choreographer studying at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, performed her new work based on the life and death of Qu Yuan (屈原), an ancient Chinese poet who drowned himself to protest government corruption.

A sturdy, well-grounded dancer, Wang commanded the space, building her work in incremental stages, from calligraphic images of the poet/statesman’s anguish to mimetic representations of his watery end.

Two viewings left a spectator feeling that the work was somewhat truncated – or perhaps just looking for more from this talent?