Living Dance Studio, Beijing

The Living Dance Studio was founded in 1994 by filmmaker Wu Wenguang and choreographer and former Pina Bausch dancer Wen Hui as the first independent contemporary company in the People’s Republic of China. Until recently, they were able to work in the Caochangdi Work Station in Beijing, designed specially for them by artist Ai Weiwei. Their productions, in which dance, text and film are often combined into total works of art, document social and historical events from China’s past and present.