2019 House Programs Rite of Spring | Page 15

Performers Da Zhu (Fengwei Zhu) Da Zhu was a member of the Beijing Modern Dance Company from 2014 to 2017. He performed in the modern dance drama The Zodiac, Twenty-four solar terms, twelve sounds between flowers, October Spring Festival, Three Rains and Wishes. He starred in Yang Liping’s large-scale marine-themed dance Pingtan Image as well as Under Siege. He performed in the drama Eating Fire, which premiered at the Nanluoguxiang Drama Festival, and participated in Gong Zhonghui’s dance work The Pavilion (which premiered at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing) as well as Aida. Xiaofan Feng Xiaofan Feng was born in Kunming, Yunnan province, and is of Naxi nationality. He trained at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and has performed in Yang Liping’s Peacock and Peacock Winter, and participated in the creation of her first multimedia show, Pingtan Image. An accomplished player of several instruments including the pipa and the guzheng, he performed as a musician in Under Siege and has participated in more than 100 domestic and international tours in Asia, Europe and Oceania. Maya Jilan Dong Maya Jilan Dong is a Bai from Yunnan province, where she was brought up in a rural village. In 2004, when she was 12, Yang Liping invited her to join the Yunnan Yang Liping Arts and Culture Company. One of the company’s longest-serving members, she has danced in Liping’s most important works, including Dynamic Yunnan, Peacock, Under Siege and Peacock Winter. The success of her recent independent solo, Whip, led to short film collaborations with the Oscar-nominated British director Mike Figgis and the internationally renowned pianist Rosey Chan. She was nominated for the Emerging Artist award at this year’s National Dance Awards (UK). In March she performed and created the choreography and movement direction for James Lavelle’s film The Lost Highway.