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。
Mei* Contemporary Dance Troupe
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.