About Xiang Xu
Xiang Xu is an international dancer, choreographer and instructor based in New York. He grew up in the Chinese seaport city of Ningbo, where as a child he was first exposed to dance watching a traveling Chinese opera company. When he later attended high school at the Zhejiang Art School, he decided to pursue a career in dance after watching a television program about Ying Sun, a choreographer specializing in Chinese classical dance. When Xiang was later accepted into China’s most prestigious dance institution, the Beijing Dance Academy, he was able to study under Professor Mingqi Wu. Xiang performed in Beijing’s National Grand Theater and Great Hall of the People, and won numerous awards, including the “Gold Lion” top prize in choreography at the Singapore World Music, Dance and Instrument Competition.
Since coming to America, Xiang has choreographed dance works and performed solo at UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and the Jewish Community Center Manhattan. In the summer of 2015, he returned to China to give contemporary dance instruction to students in Nanjing and to perform solo at the Beijing Dance Festival. Xiang currently holds a Master of Fine Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He also established the Xiang Xu Dance Theater in New York.
Being or Non-Being | Dawn Undersea
Answering the call of Brightness and entering the Brahman, the soul rambles in the unbounded pure land. As the Buddhism opens its door, the soul can be refined with the Dharma-cakra. The pursuit of ignorant enchantment is the arrival of Nirvana.
The Dance of Brightness embodied the human’s spiritual understanding of themselves, their exploration of soul and desire for spiritual power. In the pure light, dancers gave full play to their potentials to seek for unalloyed hope and inner quietness. This is the call of Buddha, and the realm of Nirvana.
Being or Non-Being
The Contemporary dance piece about discovering self-awareness “Being or Non-being” gives the audience the ability to see and recognize the entities of themselves. The Buddhist Scripture “Diamond Sutra” inspired this piece; it focuses on how the Secular society can influence us with desires. As mortals, our beings reflect all of our mental activities. Forgetting your being is the best way to return to the source of the Buddhist truth; we have to learn to be without the appearance of a self, the appearance of others, and the appearance of living beings. The three appearances represent different social relationships in intricate societies. Invisible body shapes linger around on stage with changeable footwork and fluent upper body movement; from being to non-being is the path to the Nirvana.
This piece explores the relationship between the ocean, the source of all life on earth, and the human body. The strange and yet familiar fluid movements of undersea creatures provide a primal inspiration for this contemporary choreography.
The 3rd Annual Queensboro Dance Festival
The Secret Theatre
October 17-23, 2016
2nd Annual Community Garden Dance Festival
Saturday, August 13 2016
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
Monday, July 18 2016
111 2nd Ave, New York
Saturday, May 21 at 6PM – 9PM
Kimmel Center Auditorium New York
Being or Non-Being (Dance Video)
Tisch School of the Arts
Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance New York
Chaos Beijing Dance Festival
The Most Wonderful Thing Chinese Dance into the Mainstream Art World
Charles Ding, World Journal Dec 2015
A Dream Born in the Middle Kingdom
Grace Singh Smith, SMC in Focus Dec 2015
Future Alumni Focus: Xiang Xu
Grace Singh Smith, Alumni Association June 2014
Synapse Dance Show Displays Power and Creativity
Sarit Kashanian, The Corsair May 2014