Gob Squad (Germany/UK)
Gob Squad is a group of UK and German artists. They make performances and videos which search for beauty in the everyday, and look for words of wisdom from a passing stranger. Gob Squad are an artists collective, the seven core members working collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of their work. I am proud of introducing Gob Squad to Chinese audiences for the first time by touring West Society to China in 2017 and 2018 (and gave them a Chinese name 大嘴突击队!). In January 2021, I produced the digital residency in Shanghai for 1984: Back to No Future, their newest production. Currently we are working on a new video project featuring artists from China and India. Please stay tuned for more!
Jingyi Wang (China/Norway)
A Beijing native, Jingyi is a performance creator based in Bergen, Norway. She has multi-background in performing arts, journalism and advertisement. Her works are featured by concept-driven, social-political concerned, and interdisciplinary approach. Her recent work Post Capitalistic Auction which is a performative event and a real and alternative auction was selected to be at TPAM Direction and presented in Yokohama in 2019. Judge Me, her newest production is a performative court trial that brings about discussion and reflection about the dilemma of every single individual including artists regarding their value in today’s society that is dominated by consumerism and amusement. Jingyi's works are a perfect fit for today's concept and slow touring and I look forward to introducing Jingyi and her works to more audience around the world.
Xiao Ke (Shanghai, China)
Xiao Ke is one of the most prominent and award-winning contemporary performing artist in China and her works have toured extensively in over 20 countries, to great international critical acclaim. Formally trained in both classical Chinese dance and journalism, Xiao Ke is known for interweaving empathetic concern for humanity and society into her artistic endeavors. During the pandemic, Xiao Ke was commissioned by Le Centre Pompidou for a collaboration with Jerome Bel. The year 2022 marks the launch of her brand new amateur theater project through a series of conversations and performances featuring people with no theater experience. Xiao Ke and I have known each other in person for years and we are both super excited to finally get to work together!
Yabin Wang (Beijing, China)
As one of the most award winning dancers and choreographers in China, Yabin Wang has worked with world renowned choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Mark Haim, and Tamara Rojo. In 2014, Yabin was commissioned by the English National Ballet to choreograph for She Said, a triple bill in celebration of female choreographers which premiered in 2016 at Sadler’s Wells. Yabin choreographed M-Dao as part of the triple bill. This production, together with Akram Khan’s Giselle won the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award for the English National Ballet in Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Trained in Chinese classical dance, Yabin's creative curiosity and knack for exciting collaborations have led her in envisioning Yabin & Her Friends, an annual production platform of new dance works featuring Yabin and her peer choreographers and dancers from around the world. Since 2009, more than 200 choreographers, dancers, composers and artists have participated and ten works have been produced.