B.DANCE was founded in 2014 by choreographer and artistic director Po-Cheng Tsai, who was named one of the world's most promising choreographers by German magazine tanz in both 2017 and 2018.
Er sei im Feuerhasen geboren, sagt er und glaubt daran, dass das kein Zufall ist. Menschen, die in diesem chi- nesischen Sternzeichen geboren wurden, wird äussere Ruhe, scharfsinnige Beobachtungsgabe und kreative Energie zugesprochen. Tsai hat diese Mi- schung offensichtlich Glück gebracht.
He was born in the fire rabbit…… People born under this Chinese zodiac sign are said to be calm, astute observant and creative. Tsai obviously got lucky with this mix.
Wir werden noch von Po-Cheng Tsai hören—und sehen.
This is a dance for our dark times, to remind us that the candle symbolises hope, even if we do not know what the future holds. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
In short, Inception was energy unbounded, precision, and insight into what defines the human body, each one of them being an attribute the choreographer tapped in Inception to reflect Einstein’s true genius. No doubt he’d have welcomed the tribute.
“Des danseurs magnifiques, enveloppés dans des mousselines vaporeuses, des images et des lumières rappelant des paysages mystérieux, voici Floating Flowers, une chorégraphie taïwanaise d’une pure beauté.”
“Po-Cheng Tsai, à la tête de la compagnie B. Dance depuis 2010. Déjà bardé de prix récoltés lors de compétitions en Allemagne, en Espagne, ce jeune chorégraphe met le tutu romantique à l’épreuve de la question des genres et d’une énergie parfois martiale!
Tsai’s works are strongly balletic, and it was nice to see the eight dancers get a chance to arch their feet and execute long extensions and graceful lifts. Tsai has great taste in music and he did not disappoint with his selections of several Ezio Bosso compositions and Keaton Henson’s Healah Dancing.
concentrated and humorous piece, very clear dramaturgy, colorful, very powerful language of movements, unconventional, intelligent and proper, just convincing!
But the evening's most surprising feature was reportedly enough also that which scored the biggest applause: a duel between two men and a red stick, created by Taiwanese Po-Cheng Tsai, who last year won the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition.
It is precise to say the work is a clever balance of body and poetry. The choreographer’s arrangement of two dancers sitting on each other’s shoulders makes them appear like a giant dancer’s perfect skirt. Floating Flower is indeed a clever masterpiece.
Tsao Cheng-Yuan: “Tsai Po-Cheng’s “Floating Flower” emphasizes interpersonal relationships. From this work you will discover that instead of performing in a certain mood, they use stage language devices to perform through clothing and action”.
The audience’s favorite piece “Floating Flower” is a pas de deux filled with surprises created by Tsai Po-Cheng from Taiwan. As the dance starts, the male partner readily hiding under the puffy skirt lets the female dancer sit on his shoulder. Suddenly the peitite female dancer grows like a tree, briing the first surprise to the audicence, folllowed by an interesting mix of rhthymic and lively dance.
Germany's Stuttgart dance troupe founder and artistic director Dric Gauthier: “Floatign flower” is an eye-catching materpiece
Featuring unpredictability, Tsai Po-Cheng puts everyday objects to good uses and creates new ideas out of them.rnIn a nut shell, he is a magician that unveils the mystery of the gift cordially presented to the audience.
The company’s style combines martial arts, other Asian movement traditions, and street dance with a contemporary kinetic vocabulary, and has showcased its work to captive audiences worldwide.
Among its most successful pieces are Floating Flowers, which was a sold-out phenomenon during its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; RAGE, a resounding success at the Festival d’Avignon off; and the colorful and visually-stunning production Before We Say Goodbye, which premiered in Taipei in 2021.
Artistic Director of B.DANCE / Choreographer
Po Cheng Tsai, from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is the founder and current artistic director of B.DANCE.
Tsai was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After graduating from Tsoying Senior High School, he went to Taipei National University of the Arts.
During his university days, he got a scholarship to go to Purchase College, New York for exchange and learning. His works are often based on his own life experiences, perceptual, supplicated, but still humorous, with unique dance languages and treacherous and changeable styles. He often integrates theatres, dance, and extreme limb movements in his works.
From 2014 to 2019, he had presented several original pieces to the international dance circles as touchstones and received high praises along with 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal from multiple choreography competitions around the world. In 2018, Tanz, a German magazine, included Tsai as one of the 2017/2018 most promising young choreographers around the world. Tsai was selected as the “best emerging choreographer of the year” by the France National Board of Performance Arts in 2020 and one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in Taiwan in 2021.
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