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Our Bare Truths

February 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until February 16, 2019

Our Bare Truths is an evening of dance put on by three emerging Philadelphia choreographers: Chenyu Xiong, Qijundai Liu and Alissa Elegant. Each has a piece dancing her personal truth. Enjoy three unique premieres by promising young choreographers.

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.” – André Berthiaume.

The choreographer, Qijundai Liu worked with the mask project over past two years. She has already presented her mask solo for many dance series in different venues, such as Conwell dance theater at Temple University, ETC dance series in Philly, 8 in Show at Dixon Place in NYC, etc. Plus, she did a mask theme dance exhibition at United Art Museum in Wuhan, China.

“This is a research study of humans, regardless of gender differences, racial variety, or cultural background diversity. It’s about finding the commonality of humans; It’s about locating the genuineness underneath the skin; It’s a journey of revealing ourselves and being brave to live with our true selves in harmony.”
– Qijundai Liu.

“Harbin, My Refuge” by Alissa Elegant

Harbin, My Refuge, is a modern narrative dance theater piece that tells a story of a city, a refuge and a family that became uprooted. It explores the parallel and intertwined stories of Eva Krongrouz and Harbin of the 1920’s and 1930’s a city full of contradictions. It is a story impacted by the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, Stalin’s Great Terror, and missionaries of the Catholic church. Great world events of the twentieth century had an outsized impact on Eva Krongrouz and the city of Harbin resulting in the loss of family and the disintegration of community. These traumatic losses are explored through movement.

“At that age I became a drifter. I went to Tsingtao. If I had my family, I actually would never go. It was dangerous to fly and so on. And I thought, why not?” -Eva Krongrouz

“Our body is like a museum. We continue exploring what is inside without exhaustion and to no end. The further we explore, the more diverse movements we can offer to the audience.”– Chenyu Xiong.

The concept of “ontology” is rooted in ancient Greek philosophy. “dance ontology” can not only promote an understanding of dance, but it can also effectively. Dance ontology seeks to research the origin and nature of dance, as well as its unique patterns, theories, and methods. it is often easy for us to neglect the core of dance, which is the body of the dancers. We must raise all dancers’ awareness of the fact that their own body possesses both a spirit and soul. Its discovery is an independent, individualized, unique experience. In a well­-developed piece, we not only aim to aid the audience in
understanding a meaning or idea, but we also strive for the audience to feel the body and soul of the dancers. Facilitate exploration of the relationship between dancing and the body.

“We think of ‘body’ as a research subject and we use pure body expression to illustrate the ideology of dance.” ­­­­­­ Tao Ye

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February 16
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance


Child and Family Friendly
Elevator available, Non-compliant venue
Street parking nearby, Garages in area $$, Close to public transportation


Conwell Dance Theater
1801 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19122 United States
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