Between 2016 and 2017, we worked closely with Farooq Chaudhry to produce the international tour of Under Siege, a work by Chinese iconic dancer Yang Liping. It was Yang’s first contemporary work, as well as the company’s first appearance in the touring circuit for contemporary dance. It was seen in Sadler’s Wells Theatre London, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival, Festpielhaus St Pölten and Explore Festival in the Netherlands, receiving 4- and 5-star reviews.
Between 2012 and 2016, we developed and delivered Akram Khan Company‘s National Engagement Programme and its delivery entity AKCT (a charity separate from the main company). Akram’s first children show Chotto Desh (world premiere 23 October 2015) is now touring internationally until 2018, and AKX (2014 and 2015) saw 30 dance graduates enrich their artistic experience through a 1-2 week professional development programme.
We also managed Big Dance 2016 Trafalgar Square and Pledge events on behalf of Akram Khan Company. 2016 sees the final year of the festival, a national and international celebration of dance organised by Mayor of London and People Dancing. Akram Khan as the Artistic Director choreographed for the Big Dance Pledge that inspired 43,000 people across 39 countries to dance, and 300 Londoners from all walks of life performed Akram’s choreography at Trafalgar Square on 2nd July 2016.
Back when Blackwinged Creatives was still a one-woman band, JiaXuan worked with Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists (許芳宜&藝術家), based in Taiwan, on their international projects in London, New York City and Vail from 2013 to 2014. She also still fondly remembers her first gig outside of Akram Khan Company, when she first started out as a solopreneur, as Business Development Assistant at Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) where she was introduced to the large scale, highly complex (=fun!) management of commercial theatre. (No image could represent the work that she did there)