The 2017 China-Holland Dance Festival “Dance of Spring” sponsored by Jiangsu Provincial Federation of Literary and Art Circles and organized by the Dancers’ Association in Jiangsu Province was held from April 25th to 29th in Nanjing. In the evening of April 26th, the faculty members and students of the Dance Department of the School of Music enjoyed the dancing performance entitled as “Portrait and Short Novels” presented by Panama Pictures, the Netherlands’ Modern Dance Troupe. As part of the series of exchange activities, students of the Dance Department presented a highly creative environment dance entitled as “Impression on Suiyuan Campus” which reflected the charm of Nanjing (the capital city of six dynasties in Chinese history) and the beauty of “the most beautiful campus in the East”(namely Suiyuan Campus of Nanjing Normal University) on April 27th. Zhongjian Han, Yuanyong Xu and DongpoLin, respectively the secretary, dean and associate dean of the School of Music presented and watched the performances and introduced the hundred-year culture and history accumulation of Nanjing Normal University to the guests.
At the springtime, the students of the dance department of the School of Music communicate with nature by their bodies and code the beauty of the campus into dancing. The environment dances entitled as “ Reverberations of Lake Stones”, “on the Way to Class”, “Play into the Environment”, “Cloisters in the South of the Yangtze River” and “Welcome” make the exchange activity a artistic and creative one.
While environment dances give full play of campus youth, indoor classrooms show students’ talents and excellence. The teachers and students of the dance department made elaborate preparation on the combination of national folk dances which reflects the colorfulness of China’s multinational folk dances. Throughout the exchange, the directors and dancers of the Netherlands’ Panama Pictures have deeply felt the profoundness of Chinese culture and have tried some of the distinctive props of Chinese folk dances with great interests.
Then the dancers had in-depth interchanges with the teachers and students of the School of Music, the directors of the dance troupe discussed patiently with the students about the creation of their works, and shared their experience on creation. In closing, Dutch dancers delivered a wonderful skill lesson about “contact improvisation”. Under the guidance of the dancers, the students of the dance department try to feel the body signal and breath of each other with their own bodies, and make interaction which further interpret the people-to-people, people-to-thing, and people-to-scenery connections.