Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance

RethINKING Tradition

Part of China Changing Festival

Be drawn into a world of ink and movement in RethINKING Tradition, a performance piece combining contemporary dance with Chinese calligraphy.

Taking inspiration from both formal writing and theatrical large-brush water techniques combined with contemporary dance, breaking and martial arts, RethINKING Tradition is the culmination of a weekend-long public participation project.

Led by calligraphy master Xiaoran Jiang and choreographer Si Rawlinson, RethINKING Tradition highlights the ways in which young people reinvigorate time-honoured techniques.

Calligraphy holds a significant place in Chinese culture and history with techniques that are embedded deeply in tradition. The brush, ink, ink stone and paper date back to the Han Dynasty (206BC – AD220).

The process transcended from a style of writing to an art form and has remained a representation of education, sophistication and style for centuries.

Presented by China Exchange.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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Age recommendation
For ages 6+.

Performance times
1pm - 1.30pm and 4.30pm - 5pm