BeijingDance/LDTX is China’s first officially registered professional modern dance company operating independently from the government. LDTX is an acronym for Lei Dong Tian Xia translated as “thunder rumbles the universe”. The company was co-founded by Willy TSAO and LI Han-zhong in 2005. Its dancers come from throughout China infusing individuality with exquisite technique, excellent creativity, and rich talents. The company has an extensive repertoire of works and has performed in over 20 countries and regions. LDTX frequently performs in China and in major international presentations and festivals. The company also organizes international cultural exchange platforms such as the Beijing Dance Festival. With ubiquitous coverage in creativity, performances, and promotional efforts, LDTX is devoted to present a carefree platform for the Chinese-origin dance artists to present their ideologies and sentiments, and to drive forward development of modern dance embracing multiple standpoints.
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.