Dance Company
  • Introduction
  • Artistic Director
  • Executive Artistic Director
  • Dancers
  • Resident Artists
  • Associate Artists

BeijingDance/LDTX (LDTX) is China’s first officially registered private profession contemporary dance company co-founded in 2005 by Willy TSAO and LI Han-zhong. LDTX is an acronym for Lei Dong Tian Xia which translates into “thunder rumbles the universe”. The company’s dancers come from different cities across China infusing individuality with exquisite techniques and excellent creativity and talents. With creativity, performance and teaching as backbone, the company is devoted to provide full-coverage of development and promotion of modern dance, to provide a carefree platform for Chinese dance artists to present multi-dimensional thinking and sentiments.

Embodying the main characteristics of modern dance - individualism, mindful of current times and original creation, the company has, since its establishment, created an extensive repertoire of works and has performed at major China and international events and festivals in more than 20 countries and regions across the five continents. The company also organizes influential international cultural exchange platforms such as the annual Beijing Dance Festival in July.

Around 200 thousand people watched more than 300 performances of LDTX.  The program All River Red has toured many countries and regions on 5 continents and become the immortal classic.
  • Year 2017
    LDTX continues on with performances of "Selfless Selfie", "Beyond the Cracks", "Circle 2: The Flow:" Serving to promote dance in China, the group has since performed in Beijing, Yinchuan, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Guiyang where performance and the arts exchanges. In July, the group has successfully organized the Tenth annual Beijing Dance Festival; traveled to Poland, Germany and Israel to perform there.
  • Year 2016
    LDTX has established for more than 10 years, and performed around the world (more than 20 countries and regions).  LDTX as a significant art group for promoting the communication between world and China, has made many cultural transmissions and business performances in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Swaziland and the United States.
  • Year 2015
    Beijing Modern Dance Exhibition Festival has officially changed its name into Beijing Dance Festival.  Now it has developed to be the best international spectacular modern dance event in terms of scale, influence, participation of nations and people, and variations of content.
  • Year 2014
    “Young Choreographer Series” A Place  choreography by LIU Bin performed at LDTX Theater. Circle•Speeding choreography by ZI Wei performed on Beijing Dance Festival Opening Performance.
  • Year 2013
    SANG Ji-jia Layer Code & Artwork Dynamic WANG White – Night  Young Artist Autumnal Equinox at LDTX Theater
  • Year 2012
    The First Beijing Dance Festival, as the biggest dance activity was hosted.  It regarded Beijing as a center and extended to Guangzhou and Hongkong.  March and May, Awakening of Insects and Grain RainsBeijing/LDTX.
  • Year 2011
    January, Series of Spring Thunder 2011 Star Theater New Year Performance Season” at Star Theater No2.  Theater; May, 2011 Beijing Dance Forward Festival, Star Theater Spring Dance Performance Season.
  • Year 2010
    January, Hong Kong Beijing Dance Platform performed Between Lines at PLA Theater.  May, Standing Before Darkness, 3 rd Annual Beijing Dance Festival, National Centre For the Performing Arts.
  • Year 2009
    March, Beijing Jumping Frames Festival held at Ullens Contemporary Center of Art.  September, One Table N Chairs by Willy Tsao, Li Han-zhong and Ma Bo, “The 60 anniversary of the founding of PRC-LDTX Present” performed at Haidian Theater.  November,芸生, by Ma Shouze, in “国际平台专场演出” at Haidian Theater.
  • Year 2008
    The 1st Annual Beijing Dance Festival, Rehearsal and Performance, by Li Han-zhong and Ma Bo performed at Tiaoqiao Theatre.
  • Year 2007
    Unspeakable, SANG Ji-jia October, The Pseudo Eagle, ZI Wei, Haidian Theater
  • Year 2006
    The art executive director Li Han-zhong and the actor Ma Bo launched the first program  The Cold Dagger  after the establishment of LDTX.  September,  Snail 2 choreography by Xu Yiming and Song Tingting, performed at Oriental Pioneer Theater.
  • Year 2005
    Establish China’s first professional modern dance company operating independently from the government.  LDTX Dance Center promotes modern dance in China.

Willy TSAO

Willy TSAO

Artistic Director


Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company

Council Member, China’s Chinese Dancers Association

Vice Chairman, Guangdong Provincial Dancers Association


Willy TSAO has been an influential figure as choreographer, educator, curator, manager and director in China’s modern dance development.  Born and educated in Hong Kong, TSAO received his modern dance training in the US.  He received his MBA degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1979.  He was named an Honorary Fellow in 2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate in 2015 from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


TSAO has been active in modern dance in China: In Hong Kong, he founded the first professional modern dance company, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), in 1979 and has been its artistic director since 1989.  In Guangdong Province, TSAO was teacher and advisor to the Modern Dance Program at the Guangdong Dance School from 1987 to 1992, and was named artistic director, from 1992 to 1998, of China’s first professional modern dance company, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC) when it was founded by the Guangdong Provincial Government.  He was invited back to resume his artistic director position by the Guangdong Cultural Bureau in 2004 to 2016.  In Beijing, TSAO had served as artistic director of Beijing Modern Dance Company in 1999 to 2005.  In 2005, TSAO established China’s first independent professional modern dance company, BeijingDance/LDTX, and has been its artistic director since establishment.


In addition to performing companies, TSAO has established two international cultural exchange platforms – Guangdong Dance Festival and Beijing Dance Festival.  The annual Beijing Dance Festival began in 2008 as a one-week festivity alternating focus between performances by international and Chinese artists.  Since 2012, the Festival had expanded to become a two-weeks event including dance camp, masterclasses and performances.


In 2015, TSAO was appointed as Council Member of the China Dancers Association, and in 2016, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Dancers Association.  In addition to his position with the modern dance companies in Hong Kong and Beijing, TSAO gives frequent lectures and holds workshops in universities and dance groups across China in cities such as: Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Daqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hefei, Huhhot, Kunming, Nanchang, Nanning, Shanghai, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Wuhan and Xiamen.


TSAO’s contribution to dance and the development of local arts has been widely recognized. He was awarded “Dancer of the Year Award” from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1988, “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” Award in 1990, "Badge of Honor” from HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1993, "Louis Cartier Award of Excellence - Outstanding Choreographer” in 1998, “Bronze Bauhinia Star” by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 1999, "Dance Award of the Year - Outstanding Achievement Award" from the Hong Kong Dance Alliance in 2014.


Between 1980 and 2014, TSAO has created more than 60 major works, including Bird Songs, China Wind-China Fire, Conqueror, In Search of the Grand View Garden, Kunlun, One Table N Chairs, Sexing Three Millenniums, Wandering in the Realm of Lightness, Warrior Lanling, Dao: Extraodinaire, etc. These works have been presented in the Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, United States as well as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Taipei.



Executive Artistic Director of BeijingDance/LDTX. She was born in Mizhi, Shaanxi province of China. 

MA is among one of most passionate female choreographers in China.  From 1987 to 1991, she enrolled in the Beijing Dance Academy and stayed on as a teacher after graduation.  MA joined Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 1993, and with Beijing Modern Dance Company in 1999.  In 2005, she became a founding member of BeijingDance/LDTX.  MA collaborates with her husband LI Han-zhong in numerous classic creative projects such as: Red Rhapsody, Cold Arrow-Game of Go (Weiqi), Faded Monologue, Sorrowful Songs, Between Line, Speeding.

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