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Contemporizing with Felix Chen

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Citadel + Compagnie

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Toronto, ON M5A 3A4

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Little Pear Garden Dance Company is pleased to offer a FREE master class with award-winning choreographer/educator Felix Lei Chen (Hong Kong). Open to dancers (age 18+) at all levels of dance training, in any form/style of dance. Dancers may work in bare feet, socks, or ballet slippers. Limited enrolment.


July 23rd & 24th

2:30-4:30pm
The Citadel
304 Parliament Street (just south of Dundas)

*Registration is REQUIRED. Limited to 12 attendees.



Monday, July 23rd - 2:30-4:30pm (Foundation) & Tuesday, July 24th - 2:30-4:30pm (Exploration)

Dancers may attend one or both sessions - attendance on the first day is not a prerequisite for the second day of the master class. The second day will further explore and refine the techniques.

1st hour - "First Contact w/ Contemporizing Dun Huang"

This session combines two elements of Dun Huang: the classical poses and the movement. The still 'poses' refer to the positions and appearances of the wall paintings of Dun Huang figures, while the movement draws from specific Chinese dance poses and styles, and the effective combination of momentum and rhythm. Through the careful integration of these two elements, dancers are able to grasp the basic characteristics of Dun Huang music and dance.

2nd hour - "Contemporized Dun Huang"

This session focuses on a contemporary choreography that draws on the classical poses and movement to 'contemporize' the figures and forms, body poses, and styles from Dun Huang cave arts.


Felix Chen is a dance art adviser and art development project assessor for the Hong Kong Art Development Council, a council member of the Hong Kong Dance Federation, and an instructor of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. He has received numerous awards for his choreography, including the Gold Award in the College Cup Chinese Dance Competition, two Choreography Awards for the Hong Kong Dance Company and his collective creation on 'Yuri Ng and Folk Legends'.


Dun Huang (敦煌), or Dunhuang, a township in northwest China adjacent to Mongolia and Xing Jiang (the Uighur people's territory) was a boisterous stopover point for ancient silk road traders. Dun Huang arts express a single concept of Buddhism - ‘the spiritual sustenance in life and the destination of the soul after death’. The cave paintings in Dun Huang all present the timeless subject of ‘life and death’ under the influence of Buddhism, in styles ranging from the rugged and simple techniques of the early West Liang 西涼 and North Wei 北魏 eras (205 BC), to the intricate and detailed outlines and structures of the prime Tang dynasty 唐朝 (618 AD), demonstrating the evolution of aesthetics from different generations. The success and popularity of Dun Huang arts is in its inherent premise of ‘compatibility and mutual prosperity’. As a result, Dun Huang arts still stand tall in the long river of history.

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