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Thursday, August 15 • Saturday, August 17 • 8:00pm

Naishi Wang

Photo: Francesca Chudnoff

Choreography and performance by Naishi Wang

Born in Changchun, China, NAISHI WANG began his dance training at Jilin College of Art and Beijing Dance Academy. In 2004, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre where he danced for 9 years. In 2015, he worked extensively as a freelance dancer with diverse talented artists and choreographers in Germany, Cambodia, China, Japan, and Canada. An award-winning performer, he was commissioned by SXM studio in Beijing from 2009 -2010. In 2017, he joined Dancemakers Peer Learning Network Program (Toronto) His work was featured at the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa). In 2018 Naishi had showings at Kinetic Studio (Halifax), Citadel + Compagnie (Toronto), as well as  Montreal Art Interculturell, and Monsun Theater, Hamburg, Germany.  Naishi has recently completed a commissioned group work with Toronto/Halifax based company Nostos Dance Collective. 

Taking Breath explores how we take breathing and the air we breathe, for granted. What is it like without breathing? How does breathing affect our movement, our thoughts?  “Even when we talk about air, we are concerned about carbon emissions and the consequences such as global warming, melting ice caps and the ozone layer. Seldom is clean breathable air discussed as it is, explains Naishi.

Will we run out of breathable air? Breathing – an innate action of taking in air and expelling it from the lungs.Taking Breath brings the subconscious to the conscious, the passive to the active. It is a choreographic inquiry exploring the multiple facets of breathing in our lives – What is it like without breathing? What is it like with too much breathing? When does breathing become communication? When does breathing start to matter? When will air start to matter to us? 

“Daringly performed without music, the story was as heart-breaking as it was inventive with Wang using his body and voice to bring the audience into his personal experience. .. The dance and movement-based work borders on performance art and provide a continual supply of inventive movements that seamlessly bow into one another. “ thebuzzmag. Raymond Helkio

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