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

LDTX is the first officially registered independent professional dance company outside of the governmental system. Under the artistic direction of Willy TSAO, China’s foremost figure in modern dance, and former executive artistic director LI Han-zhong, the company proudly presents a rich repertoire of works and an ensemble of technically exquisite dancers with diverse creativity and strong discipline coming from throughout China.

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 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.


Artistic Director, BeijingDance/LDTX and 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 US and his MBA degree from the University of Hong Kong. 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 propelling 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 China’s Guangzhou, TSAO was teacher and advisor to the Modern Dance Program at the Guangdong Dance School from 1987 to 1992, and was named artistic director of China’s first professional modern dance company, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC) when it was founded by the Guangdong Provincial Government in 1992. He departed the group in 1998 and was invited back to resume his position by the Guangdong Cultural Bureaufrom 2004 to 2016. In China’s 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 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, Daqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hefei, Hohhot, Kunming, Nanchang, Nanning, Shanghai, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Wuhan and Xiamen.

TSAO’s contribution to dance has been widely recognized. In 1999, he was awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” by the Hong Kong SAR Government for his significant contribution to the development of local arts; received the “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, "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.

Ma Bo

Ma Bo is a founding member of BeijingDance / LDTX. Born in Mizhi, Shanxi Province, Ma Bo studied at the Shanxi Provincial Song and Dance Theater. In 1991, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Dance Academy, division of Chinese Ethnic Dance. After her graduation, she remained at the Academy as an instructor. In 1993, she moved to Guangdong to join the recently founded Guangdong Modern Dance Company. In 1999, she returned north and began dancing with Beijing Modern Dance Company and later became a founding member of LDTX. Ma Bo choreographs extensively for LDTX and her works, many of which she co-choreographs with Li Hanzhong, have been performed throughout the world.

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