The Red Detachment of Women was one of only eight ‘model theatre’ performances permissible in China during the 1960s and 1970s.
With its pistol-touting, sword-wielding, pointe shoe-wearing dancers, it came to embody part of Mao’s communist dream.
Hui unpicks how this ideologically driven artwork unexpectedly portrayed the possibility of female emancipation.
Wen Hui is the founder of Living Dance Studio, the first independent contemporary dance company in China. She and her team employ film and text alongside choreographed movement to tackle sensitive social issues affecting people living in China today.
This, Wen Hui’s first visit to the UK for ten years, forms part of Dance Umbrella 2018.
Dance Umbrella is London’s leading international dance festival, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Its mission is to bring outstanding dance to London, presenting hundreds of contemporary artists from every continent to audiences across the capital.
PerformersWen Hui choreographer
For ages 12+
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 4 October: Post-show discussion. Free