In The News

December 9, 2011


Check out the full New Yorker article at this link.  In the annals of Chinese journalism, this has been a revealing couple of weeks. The Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual report on Thursday, and, for the first time in several years, China has ceded its claim as the […]
December 5, 2011

PKU cancels talk after free speech play

Check out the full Global Times article at this link.  Peking University (PKU) cancelled the post-performance discussion after a play based on a historic US First Amendment litigation debuted on its campus. Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, produced by L.A. Theatre Works,California, US, dramatized the epoch-making moments […]
December 4, 2011

American Play Centered on Free Speech Tours China

Check out the full Voice of America article at this link.  Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is not a new play, but it just completed its premiere tour in China. When should the government exercise its right to protect state secrets? When do a nation’s citizens have […]
December 3, 2011

In Beijing, you just can’t chat about things “Top Secret.”

Read the full Shanghai Scrap blog post at this link.  This morning we receive the surprising news (as related in the New York Times) that the producers of “Top Secret,” a play about the Pentagon Papers and press freedom, could go ahead with a performance in Beijing last night, but […]
December 3, 2011

Pentagon Papers still causing controversy 40 years on (in China)

Check out the full New York Times article at this link.  A play about the struggle between a free press and government is one thing. A discussion about that play is yet another order of magnitude, as the producers of L.A. Theatre Works’ “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon […]
December 2, 2011

Chinese Allow Play on Pentagon Papers, but Not a Talk About It

Check out the full New York Times article at this link.  BEIJING — As far as dramatic timing goes, the text message from the powers that be announcing the sudden cancellation of a post-performance discussion of “Top Secret: Battle for the Pentagon Papers” was, well, perfectly timed. The message, sent […]
November 17, 2011

TAO Dance Theatre at DanceXchange, Birmingham

Read the original article from The Times at this link. The Out of Asia season at Sadler’s Wells concluded on Tuesday and Wednesday with an unexpectedly rigorous but rewarding double bill by this young Chinese company, which I caught in its sole date outside London. It is easy to see […]
November 11, 2011

TAO Dance Theatre ‘Weight x3’ and ‘2’

Check out the full Ballet-Dance Magazine article at this link.  According to Tao Ye, artistic director of TAO Dance Theatre, art in Chinese contemporary society has stagnated in kitsch and stereotype, something, it has to be said, that Western audiences with their all too often set expectations of East Asian art […]
November 6, 2011

Troupes From Abroad Get a Warm Welcome

Check out the full New York Times article at this link. Are there any dance audiences more eager to love than those that sell out the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center? When the companies on the bill all come from abroad, as was the case on Friday night […]
June 20, 2011

Corporeal Possibilities: US Premiere of China’s TAO Dance Theater at ADF

Check out the full CVNC article at this link.  The American Dance Festival presents many tried and proven companies each summer in Durham, but each year there are also performers working at the far edge of the known world of movement. The first of these this season is TAO Dance Theater, […]
December 21, 2010

Ping Pong Productions receives grant from Danish Arts Council

The Danish Arts Council Research Programme awarded Ping Pong Productions a research grant to attend the ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform in Stockholm, Sweden from December 1-4, 2010. The purpose of the research trip is to expand Ping Pong Productions’ network in the Nordic countries and to identify potential future […]
November 22, 2010

“Dancing to Connect” in Beijing and Liuzhou

“An international cultural diplomacy project that touches the hearts and minds of youth through dance” November 22-27, 2010: Battery Dance’s Carmen Smith and Tadej Brdnik together with teachers from BeijingDance/LDTX work with 40 students from a Beijing migrant school, thanks to support from the Luce Foundation. Photos Here! December 1-6, […]
June 23, 2007

Martin Luther King’s Story Plays on Beijing Stage

  Check out the NPR radio broadcast and read the full article at this link.  Young Americans are flocking to China in ever greater numbers. Many are cultural entrepreneurs, running magazines, organizing literary salons and promoting concerts. This week, they’ve brought a play about the life of Martin Luther King, […]