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The Beijing Dance Academy performance featured ethnic dance from throughout China

On October 1, 2018, a 500-strong Perth audience was taken on a mesmerising journey through China's ethnic heritage by the Beijing Dance Academy.

The performance of 'Inheritance' was presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with the Perth Theatre Trust to mark both China's National Day and Confucius Institute Day.

The West Australian Ballet welcomed the Chinese troupe to Perth with a special guest performance of a moving pas de deux for the show's opening act.

The visiting dancers went on to showcase China’s vast cultural heritage with a range of pieces drawn from provinces as diverse as Inner Mongolia in the North, Yunnan in the Southwest, Anhui in the East, and Xinjiang in the Northwest. The delicate grace of the Dai dances of Yunnan and the bold, energetic rhythm of the Uighur people of Xinjiang were just some of the contrasts seen in a showcase encompassing thousands of years of history.

While in Perth the Beijing troupe also conducted master classes at Ausdance WA and Charlesworth Ballet College. The cultural exchange continued when they later also visited the West Australian Ballet.

The Beijing Dance Academy, known as China's ‘Cradle of Dance’, has produced some of the nation’s biggest stars and the audience that attended the show on October 1 were very appreciative of the stunning talent and skill on display. The 23-member delegation was led by Professor Zhang Xiaomei and Professor Huang Sa.

The performance was attended by leaders of the Chinese community in Perth, corporate leaders and dignitaries including:

  • Lei Kezhong, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth
  • Zong Wa, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Australia
  • Hon. Peter Watson MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, together with parliamentary colleagues Pierre Shuai Yang MLC, Tony Krsticevic MLA and Kyran O’Donnell MLA
  • Members of WA’s Consular Corp from Indonesia, Vietnam, Croatia, Malaysia and Japan
  • Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Partnerships and Professor Matthew Tonts, Executive Dean Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, UWA
  • Duncan Ord, Director General, Dept. of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Aurélien Scannella, Artistic Director and Jessica Machin, Executive Director of the West Australian Ballet.