Fragile (Opera House)
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the Modern Dance Performance "Fragile", a three-act pieces and a cross-border collaboration between established choregraphers, modern dancers and contemporary artist Phil Akashi. The premiere of Fragile was held at the Shanghai Grand Theatre, also called the Opera House on November 13 and November 14, 2015.
The performance was inspired by British Poet, Siegfried Sassoon: “我心有猛虎，细嗅蔷薇. “In me the tiger sniff the rose". Duan Jingting 段婧婷, former Shanghai Ballet dancer and D.LAB founder and artistic director, invited professional contemporary dancers and two seasoned choreographers from home and abroad including Jiang Yang 姜洋. Jiang, who used to be the principal dancer at the Lyon Opera Ballet, worked with Duan as the choreography director of So You Think You Can Dance China. Together with Phil Akashi they brought, not only spectacular dancings, but different forms of art and as a result a sensational stage.
Making his "dance theater debut", Phil Akashi was thrilled when D.LAB invited him to collaborate. A stunning street portrait he created two summers ago in Shanghai served as a backdrop and interactive playground for one of Fragile’s pieces. “This artwork exemplifies Nelson Mandela’s 27 years of incarceration but also symbolizes his lifelong brave stand for freedom and equality. To me, freedom is something quite fragile. And I hope this will help to bring out the essence of the dance.” Phil Akashi
Phil Akashi was really happy to have the opportunity to show a collaborative work in such a prestigious venue. Opened in 1998 and designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, the Shanghai Grand Theatre building is a landmark of Shanghai. When night falls, the whole construction resembles a crystal palace.
Published by the Shanghai Grand Theatre in collaboration with the experimental dance troupe D.Lab, this catalogue was available in English and is sold out.
The price is US$40 / €35 / HK$300 / SG$55 (additional shipping charges are due depending on address and volume. In general: US$10 for Singapore, US$40 for shipment within Europe/US/Asia/Africa).
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Editions Shanghai Grand Theatre
32 cm x 26 cm