Modern dance showcase to celebrate Chinese New Year…

Modern dance showcase to celebrate Chinese New Year...

North East-based Appetite Dance Productions in association with Dance City presents a double bill of spellbinding modern contemporary dance.

‘Life After Life’ and ‘The Heart of Him’ will be the highlight of Newcastle City’s Chinese New Year, which is celebrating The Year of the Rabbit. Created in a unique style of contemporary dance with imagery and influences drawn from a fusion of East and Western cultures – devised and choreographed by Appetite Dance Productions Artistic Director, Apple Yang.

Performance descriptions:

The search for individuality…the demands of tradition…the needs of a lover … are all encapsulated in ‘Life After Life’ (35 minutes) and ‘The Heart of Him’ (30 minutes); charting an emotional journey from East to West, from the dreams of childhood to the passions of youth.

‘Life After Life’ takes the audience on the Hero’s journey from birth, through the playful innocence of childhood, the arrogance of youth – along the struggling passageways into adult life. Balancing the quest for individuality with the demands of tradition.

‘The Heart of Him’ depicts the Hero through the eyes of his lover. A very personal hero, the hero of one woman’s life-story, in which she poses the question, ‘…does she believe in him because she loves him’, or ‘…does she love him because she believes in him?’

Appetite’s Artistic Director and Choreographer Apple Yang has a vision to explore dance and movement as a trans-global language. In pursuit of this, she creates powerful, physical narratives with engaging and enthralling dimensions that portray ways of life that underpin human societies across the world.

Yang is living a chapter in her life that upon reflection enriches the content and direction of her choreography. The physical and spiritual nature of the experiences including her marriage, the birth of her first child (daughter, Isabel) and the imminent arrival of her second baby – create an ideal platform for her creativity.

Yang (28) first moved to Newcastle upon Tyne from Beijing, a decade ago – to study performing arts and, to seek the opportunity to develop her own unique dancing style.

“When a choreographer transforms their vision into movement, it is a very emotional and personal experience. The work of Appetite Dance Productions is strongly influenced by my heritage, beliefs, locality and family life, which is evident in my East meets West approach to narrative,” said Apple Yang.

Additional Quote: Dance City

“I am delighted to be presenting Appetite Dance Productions at Dance City. They are a company of real integrity and the Artistic Director, Apple Yang, has amazing vision and crosses boarders with her choreographic style and language. The work is of the highest quality and is an important part of dance both regionally and nationally,” said Anthony Baker, Artistic Director of Dance City.

Performance Dates:

The dance double bill will be take place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th February 2011 at Dance City in Newcastle City Centre (Temple Street, NE1 4BR) commencing at 8pm.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £12 (£8 cons) and available from Dance City Box Office, 0191 261 0505 or

The Chinese New Year festivities, of which Appetite Dance Productions’ double bill plays a part is being hosted in association with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative.

‘Life After Life’ and ‘The Heart of Him’ has been funded by Arts Council England, Northern Rock Foundation, Newcastle City Council and Sponsors Club for Arts & Business.

The show’s sponsors are Digiset and Civil Konsult SDN.

Region: All
Start Date: 04/02/2011
End Date: 05/02/2011
Start Time: 20:00
Venue: Dance City
Venue Address: Temple Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Garry Smith
Phone: 07899910823