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Rural & Urban Explorations of Transnational Performance

November 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


A Dialogue Between Southwestern Chinese Music and American Contemporary Music & Dance. In this autobiographical, bi-cultural, and interdisciplinary production, composer Yan Pang uses piano, voice, dance, and acting to create a performance that weaves together Chinese and American cultural differences and similarities. The performance is an account of how she has learned to navigate the world as an academic and composer with the obstacles and successes that come with such a journey. She combines modern U.S. techniques with traditional Chinese ways of knowing through three art forms: theater, music, and dance. These very different musical traditions cooperate to connect performers and audiences. Chinese performers and audiences are reacquainted with their cultural roots, while U.S. audience members see something new in themselves as they experience this performance. This strategy increases the variety of receptive audiences for her compositions and will allow for a greater intercultural interaction and visibility between different cultures.

Production Team:
Alex Lubet, Dulcimer, Music Director
Guerino Mazzola, Examining Committee Chair
Carl Flink, Dance Director
Maja Radovanlija, Guitar
Jason “J-Sun” Noer, Choreographer/Dancer
Yan Pang, Composer/Pianist/Choreographer/Dancer


Room 100 Barbara Barker Center for Dance University of Minnesota
500 21st Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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