梅*当代舞蹈团/Mei* Contemporary Dance Troupe
活力青少年舞蹈团/Dynamism Youth Dance Group
活力舞蹈工作室/Dynamism Dance Studio
活力现代乐团/Dynamism Modern Orchestra
梅*当代舞蹈团成立为一个以年轻人为核心创作、表演的舞团，集合全国优秀的自由舞者，为他们提供一个艺术服务平台，通过年轻人创造具有时代特征的精品，以满足社会更多层面人士的文化生活需求。当代舞是一门比较抽象的艺术，它的审美意识、艺术概念、舞蹈架构、语汇都与传统的舞蹈艺术截然不同。然而，舞蹈又有它们之间共同点: 生活元素 – 所有艺术来自于我们的生活,把当代舞和民族民间舞的相通舞蹈语汇相结合，再把不同的概念和架构给予融合性改变并结合，这就是舞蹈团未来创作的重点。
舞蹈文化的本土化实际上是对澳洲和中国文化的一种特殊的表述，舞团舞蹈创作所展示的阿德莱德城市活力和当代文化，说明我们当代舞蹈团如何从一个多元混杂的文化状态走向自我定位，如何追求传统舞和现代舞的“澳洲特色”，如何鼓励本地编舞，如何将现代舞的包容理念转向中西传统舞蹈结合，对应其多元化的文化结构，为中国舞蹈的现代性探索提供一个实验案例。舞团的创作实践是以一种十分个性化的当代方式表达中国文化，我们是以舞蹈表现出“我们”和“他们” 的感受，利用海外地区创作宽松的环境，以舞蹈团重视现代人的思想和感觉、现代人的生活与需求、现代人的追求和理想，追寻本地人的文化内涵， 以本地文化的多种形态为创作原质，融合中西，以一种开放的文化态势，构筑“无边”的舞蹈。通过艺术实践让舞团走向本土的舞蹈文化建设。梅*当代舞蹈团以年轻驻团艺术家为核心优秀现代舞者共同组成。成员都是执著于追求舞蹈艺术的年轻人，在有着多元文化背景的澳洲，舞团的成员当然也是有着多元文化背景的。艺术没有国界，舞蹈没有国界，舞者没有国界。作品均以“原创性、高品质”为原则，以当下时代特征为创作背景，打造贴近生活，反映当代艺术的精品为目标，打造国际化高水平艺术团队品牌。
The Mei* Contemporary Dance Troupe was founded to have young people at the core of dance production and performance, bringing together the country’s most prolific dance enthusiasts to provide them with a platform for artistic expression and communication. The cultural needs of viewers from all walks of society can be fulfilled via these young dancers’ creations that reflect the trends and characteristics of the modern era. Contemporary dance can be said to be an abstract art form, in which its sense of aesthetic, artistic concepts, dance structure, lexicon etc. are all distinctively different from that of traditional dance. Even so, different forms of dance all share one commonality: life. Essentially, all art comes from our daily lives. Connecting the lexicon common to traditional and contemporary dance, then reforming and combining the concepts and structures make the key point of the dance troupe future production.
The localisation of dance culture lends itself to be a unique narrative of Australian and Chinese cultures. The vibrancy and modernity of Adelaide expressed through the dance troupe creations showcase how we have come from a place of cultural clashes and confusions towards a stable self-positioning, our pursuit of an “Australian flavour” in traditional and contemporary dance, our encouragement for local choreographers, our unique combining of contemporary dance concepts with east-west fusion traditional dance, reflecting its multicultural structure, providing a case for exploration in Chinese contemporary dance. The troupe practice of dance production uses a highly individualistic and modern form of expression to convey the culture of China. We focus on expressing the feelings of “us” and “them” through dance, utilising the relaxed work atmosphere of an overseas region, valuing the thoughts and feelings, pursuits and dreams harboured by the people of today, and seeking deeper meaning within local culture, basing our creations upon its many forms to fuse the east and the west, constructing “boundless” dance performance through an open state of cultural awareness, as the dance troupe becomes increasingly involved the building of local dance culture through artistic practice.
The Mei* Contemporary Dance Troupe comprises of young artists in residence at its core working along with exceptional contemporary dance performers. All of our members are youth with a strong dedication to dance, and of course, against the backdrop of multicultural Australia, our dancers come from multicultural backgrounds, too. There are no borders, no nations in art, in dance, or between dancers. Our work is accomplished on the principles of originality and quality, with the characteristics of the modern era as the basis of our creativity, to produce performances which are close to life and reflective of the state of contemporary art, to establish a brand of international acclaim.
The Dynamism Youth Dance Group was founded in August 2003, and is a budding blossom on this multicultural land of Australia. The group consists of school students with strong potentials in dance from all over Adelaide. Each child studying here is a dreamer flying freely in the world of dance, enjoying an education environment of premium standard and a first-rate teaching resource. The group was established to have children and teens as its core, with a fusion of Australian and Chinese cultural backgrounds as the basis for performance and training repertoire, in order for Australian children of various nationalities and backgrounds, as well as descendants of Chinese immigrants to be able to learn about the traditional art and culture of China even in Australia, so that its wonders may continue to be spread across this nation.
The purposes of the group’s establishment are as follows:
- Cultivate students’ artistic interest, strengthen their artistic self-development, and enhance their artistic awareness.
- Step-by-step construction and ascertaining of a quality dance group brand, striving to achieve a certain degree of visibility, from within Adelaide to China and the world.
- Provide a positive contribution to the local economy, students’ hobby lives, and the building of a harmonious society.
The planned selection and audition processes are carried out annually, taking into account the principle of having a fixed quantity of students each year, in order to select the brightest kids to join the performing group in accordance to ratio, form performing and preparatory classes, and thus bringing about optimal combinations. During the team building process, the designing of programs is the main focus, accompanied by professional technique and general skill training at each level. Teaching plans and content for each term will be formulated according to the average age and skill level of students, giving emphasis on strengthening of specific areas. The repertoire consists of rich Chinese traditional dance material, standardized ballet training, various western dance forms, excellent choreographed programs as well as reserved programs, all aimed at improving student skills, techniques and performance capability. During school holidays between each term, group activity will be organised for the little dancers, where teachers of high expertise from professional dance organisations are invited to provide insight and intensive training.
Dance is an integrated art form, combining the physical, the artistic, the intellectual and the spiritual in one, and as such is an activity that is beneficial to all aspects of development in young people, as well as enriching their lives out of academic study. Dance education is unique in that its effect on primary and secondary school students cannot be provided through other subjects. For example, dance in primary education can contribute to character building, encouraging students to sense and express beauty. At the same time, teachers must seize the opportunity to appeal to students’ psychological needs via rewarding and appreciation, in order for dance to better exert its positive influence on their growth. Generally speaking, extensive use of dance in primary and secondary education would aid the physical and mental development of children and teens in every constructive way, as it is the ideal method in which students may learn to experience, recognise, understand, and convey the concept of beauty.
Dance can improve fitness and correct bad posture, leading to coordination and grace in one’s movement. Dance training transforms students’ attitudes from passive to assertive, thus training their ability to self-discipline and strengthen willpower. School-aged children are at the stage of life where they are highly curious, active, driven to imitate and perform – traits which can all be fulfilled in a dance lesson. Dance performance requires students to use a high amount of energy, having to practice each move repeatedly, which makes it an activity requiring much hard work, thus, training students’ confidence and motivation to overcome difficulties. Dance also promotes the sense of team pride and honour. Children’s dance classes usually train as a large group initially, then forming set teams during rehearsal and performance. A successful performance is the result of everybody’s work, which gives all involved a sense of team spirit. This sense of team spirit acquired through dance may then be transferred upon the class and the school, perhaps even the culture, the country.
Because of the many educational roles of dance, we have founded the dance group to be one that is suitable for the developmental needs of primary and high school students, and deeply connected with all its aspects. While studying dance, students are also influenced and inspired by music, so it could be said that dance can also be used to explain music. In the words of famous Chinese musician Wu Zuqiang: “In a certain sense, in the art of dance, music is the voice of dance, while dance is the body of music. It is an artistic imagination’s product of perfection.”
Dynamism Dance Studio is a training centre owned by Mei’s Dance Company focused on dance and fitness.
The studio is unique in as such that it is also a centre for the promotion of Chinese dance culture, offering a wide variety of classes.
Do you like to dance? Do you want to become more beautiful and confident? Do you want to meet new people and build new friendships? Do you want to be a shining star on a dance floor? Dynamism Dance Studio is here to create a platform for your dreams to come true. The studio employs professional dance instructors with many years of teaching experience. Our goal is for every student to have a place to realise their dreams through our applicative teaching philosophy, striving for the greatest possible degree of involvement in each student. A diverse range of styles are taught, and lessons can be delivered spontaneously as you arrive. Classes are run in cycles, starting from beginner’s level. Outstanding students trained by our studio can be accepted into our company’s dance troupe by exception, and have the opportunities to participate in choreography and performance of our productions!
Dynamism Dance Studio strives to deliver the best quality services in dance instruction, following a learning style going from shallow to deep, hosting over a hundred assorted classes in various dance styles and fitness practices.
We will help you make your first confident step into the vibrant world of dance, and to challenge yourself throughout the progress of your learning. Not only do we offer a platform for every student to express their own abilities and charms via dance, we also fuse the rich artistic culture of dance into daily life.
Our studio has also prepared an applicable and scientific training routine for students who are focused on improving fitness and body shaping. We have professional nutritionists and massage therapists to ensure that the requirements of every student needing such services are met, providing guidance on food and nutrition as each student embarks on their journey of achieving weight loss and better fitness levels.
All dance and fitness coaches at the studio are highly experienced in teaching, and are a part of a proficient teaching team.
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