Sunday, April 27, 2008

Transgender Chinese Dancer Jin Xing Making U.S. Appearance

April 23rd, 2008 by Stephanie Stevens
We’ve posted a number of stories at
Transgender News in recent years about Jin Xing (such as Der Spiegel’s “The Odyssey of Jin Xing” and “A new beginning in Europe” back in 2006). Her story is (as Der Spiegel aptly referred to it then) …
… a one-of-a-kind biography: born as a boy, he advanced to the rank of colonel in the Chinese army. Then came the sex change and the staggering career as a world-class prima ballerina.
Jin Xing will be
performing (her dance company’s only U.S. appearance) and participating in various events at Stanford University on April 26 and April 27. This is from the Stanford media release
Stanford Lively Arts concludes its 2007-08 season with the U.S. debut of China’s Jin Xing Dance Theatre, presented in partnership with the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival, on Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium.
With a thrilling and sensual dance vocabulary, Jin Xing leads her company’s only appearance in this country with a lavish, pageant-like presentation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring the Stanford Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jindong Cai and the Stanford Symphonic Chorus under the direction of Stephen M. Sano.
The path of Jin Xing is one of struggle, discovery, and metamorphosis. A former colonel in thePeople’s Liberation army, who after a sex change was the first transwoman officially recognized by the Chinese government, Jin Xing is China’s most admired contemporary choreographer and has been hailed by Die Zeit as “probably the world’s best dancer.” She established her Shanghai-based 18-member company in 1999 and has performed to sold-out houses and critical acclaim throughout Europe and Asia.
Here’s a brief promo
clip from the UK’s Dance Umbrella for Jin’s appearance there last winter

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