Beijing dancers, polished and precise, take contemporary leap
Beijing Dance Company’s Boston debut Saturday night at John Hancock Hall brought elements of both predictability and surprise. One might expect a certain degree of cultural conformity to tradition from the resident company of the Beijing Dance Academy, China’s only accredited institution of higher education in dance. Yes, there was a gorgeous ribbon dance and pieces with fans. Yes, there were phalanxes of dancers in martial-like unisons. But while no dances showed a real conceptual edge, signs of a burgeoning contemporary aesthetic vividly emboldened several of the dances to offer a glimpse of China’s possible choreographic future.