Gu Jiani


Right and Left

Date and Time: Thursday June 1, 7:30 PM | Saturday June 3, 8:00 PM |
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 

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Right & Left
: Gu Jiani
Company: Gu Jiani
Dancers: Wang Xuanqi, Gu Jiani
Live Projection Artist: Ping
Music: Dawn of Midi, Frederic Chopin, Ryoji Ikeda, Jacob Hoff, Nikolaj
Audio Mixing: Gu Jiani
Production / Management: Ping Pong Productions

Special Thanks to the Generous Sponsors of Gu Jiani’s West Coast Premiere

Additional Support for US Tour Thanks to: Minyang Zhang, Julia Hammer

Artist Information


US Tour Information available here

Work Sample

Gu_Jiani_Image_Four_by_Ryan_Cui_Severe_Crop_for_website.jpgPhoto Credit: Qiao Zi

From rising-star Chinese choreographer Gu Jiani comes an intricate shadow dance — an exploration of our complex, off–kilter relationships to ourselves and each other. Two dancers in jaw–dropping unison at first, every gesture doubled, but the universe abhors order, and such unity of purpose only leads to disagreement and chaos. Right & Left is a haunting exploration of human love and individual experience; a tribute to symmetry and its dissolution, ominous and beautiful in equal measure. Gu fuses incredible precision with an arresting mix of projection and light—offering an elegant and entrancing perspective on our oldest questions: Why do we love, and how do we stop it from destroying who we are?


Choreaographer Gu Jiani's work embodies both fusion and juxtaposition. Originating from southern China, Gu trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance. Her work focuses on the relationship between visual impact, emotional impulse and physical space. Gu previously danced with the Beijing Modern Dance Company, and has worked with artists including Germany’s Munchner Kammerspiele and Belgium’s Tino Sehgal. She started to choreograph independently in 2013. Gu also is a painter and creates video and multi-media projects. Gu received awards from the 2011 and 2013 China National Centre for the Performing Arts International Choreography Competition and her works have toured throughout China, Melbourne Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and University of Michigan. Her newest work Exit premiered October 2016 at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, co-commissioned by Shanghai International Arts Festival “RAW” Program and Taiwan Performing Arts Center – Theater & Concert Hall.
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