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Updated: 2022-07-25 07:33 ( China Daily )
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(From left) Ballerina Cao Shuci; Tai Lihua, president of China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe; dancer-choreographer Wang Yabin and dancer Gao Shan at the festival's news conference. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Innovative video festival in Beijing will showcase works by Chinese and foreign artists, Chen Nan reports.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many dance companies to put shows on hold and postpone plans. However, it has generated new ideas for the troupes to experiment and move beyond virtual shows as a way to revive live performances.

Earlier this year, Gao Shan, a teacher of creative studies at the Beijing Dance Academy, came up with the idea of displaying dance videos of his students made during the pandemic. This has been developed into a larger event to showcase videos from Chinese dancers and choreographers, and international dance companies.

The Beijing International Dance Video Festival was launched on Tuesday, and it will be a part of the 12th Beijing International Film Festival, running from Aug 13 to 20.

With a theme of "more love", the Beijing International Dance Video Festival will feature six sections, showing audiences how dance has been combined with videos and how the language of dance has been interpreted through the videos.

"When I was a young student, I was deeply touched by dance works I watched on TV and in movies. With the development of technology, dance videos have been developed and become a new language to deliver dance works," says Gao, mentioning that two dance works he watched on TV impressed him the most as a young dancer: Spirit of the Peacock, an award-winning work choreographed by Yang Liping, which was inspired by the lithe and graceful hand movements of the bird-related dance of the ethnic Bai people from Yunnan province, and Pina, a dance movie by the iconic dancer-choreographer Pina Bausch and her longtime friend, filmmaker Wim Wenders.

"The impact of the pandemic is way beyond our imagination. It has heavily affected the performing arts industry. However, our artists are so creative that they used cameras to record and show dance works in a way which is very different from tradition," says Pan Yan, secretary-general of China Association of Performing Arts.

"We are very excited to see how artists try to dance though they cannot dance in theaters. They keep the dancing scene vibrant and keep the audiences engaged."

The festival has invited Chinese dancers and choreographers to submit their dance videos. From over 300 dance videos, the committee of the festival selected 91 that will be screened during the festival.

"We are surprised to watch those videos because of the creativity of the artists," says Willy Tsao, one of the pioneers who brought contemporary dance to China in the 1980s. "They have a wide vision about dance, which is traditionally staged indoors. They were inspired by their life changes during the pandemic and they reflected upon the relationship between dance and themselves."

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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