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Go is a strategic two-player board game, known as “Yi”(弈) in ancient China, and “Go” in the west. “The Duel ” is about the protagonist’s inner struggle for victory and finding the meaning of opponents in her life. It is lonely for a skillful person without opponents. Through the battle of Go, the protagonist imagines a non-existent opponent and wants to have a duel. A real duel is to find a well-matched opponent who complements each other in fight and esteem. Most people treat their opponents with hostility. In fact, oftentimes it is not our family and friends who motivate us to persevere and reach the realm of success in the end. It is our survival and competition through rivalry. The choreographer intends to awe her opponents in life through this dance film.
Emily Cheung is an educator, performer and choreographer. She received her B.F.A., B. Ed. and M.A from York University specializing in Dance. Most of her training was completed in China, Hong Kong, United States and Canada. She is recognized as one of the leaders in cross-cultural exchange and liaison with foreign artists practicing traditional and contemporary Chinese dance in Toronto. Ms. Cheung also received an award as one of the ten “Voices of Chinese Canadian Woman” in Ontario during the 150 th Anniversary celebration of Canada. Ms. Cheung is the Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Dance Company in Toronto. She specializes in both Chinese Classical dance and Chinese Contemporary dance. Cheung is involved in preserving traditional Chinese dance, creating contemporary dance that honours Chinese traditions, and collaborating with artists from other disciplines and ethnic backgrounds to create works with unique aesthetic sensibilities.
Dance reflects timeless emotions that feed the soul for a lifetime.