Choreographer and dancer Victoria Chiu is a Melbourne girl. She doesn’t speak a Chinese language and the closest thing she has to a Chinese cultural ritual, she says, is the odd weekend yum cha session. Nonetheless, the question she is often asked, do you speak Chinese? forms the basis of her new work. Developed in collaboration with dancer Kristina Chan, “Do You Speak Chinese?” explores the many ways our bodies speak for us, often before we’ve even had a chance to open our mouths.
“Do You Speak Chinese?” by Victoria Chiu. Photograph by Gregory Lorenzutti
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Plus
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