Young Tibetan-Chinese choreographer Sang Jijia, who was hailed in 1998 by the province of Guangdong as a “star of the next century” has spent a total of four years with “his hero” and mentor, William Forsythe; first at the Ballett Frankfurt, then at the Forsythe Company. Exhilarated by his experience in the West, Sang Jijia headed back to China in 2006 with the idea of creating new dances. Since then, the dancer – who continues to receive critical acclaim – has led workshops for the Beijing LTDX Modern Dance Company as well as the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, where he began his career in the 1990s.
On 7 April 2007, the Beijing LTDX Modern Dance Company performed Unspeakable, the first work created by Sang Jijia since his return. The piece conveys his perception of the absurdity of life, as depicted by French philosopher Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus. Two evening performances were later put on in Guangdong by a 14-member troupe. “Our problem,” Jijia explains, “is lack of funds for our shows.” A second dance was staged in October in Hong Kong by the Collaborative Dance Company.
In addition to his work as a choreographer, Sang Jijia has started a long-term project which has been close to his heart for many years: producing a documentary film on the sounds and dances of his native Tibet. He spent a month in Tibet in summer and will return there around the same time each year to continue his project.