Get to Know Iconic Dancer and Choreographer Yang Liping
Upbringing and Influence
Liping is a member of the Bai ethnic minority and grew up in Dali, a village in China’s southwest province of Yunnan. With no formal training, the technique and elegance found in Liping’s dance and choreography is instead informed by her village’s folkloric dance traditions and her attention to the natural world. Once into her dance career, Liping returned to various villages throughout Yunnan to study the local dances and folk songs.
A culmination of Liping’s choreographic skill, Rite of Spring is a stunning reimagining of Stravinsky’s work that combines Tibetan concepts of life with folkloric influences from Yunnan. The touring production of The Rite of Spring comes to Stanford Live on February 21 and 22.