We've become accustomed to Pop-Up Beijing as a cultural highlight in Sanlitun. Between their weekly screenings of classic films, fun international collaborations, and a showroom of precious treasures, there's always something going on.
But this Sunday presents a work of beautiy unlike any we've seen.
Two Men offers us a short glimpse into a stirring and visually stunning world, presented by director Zhao Yuanhao, choreographer Yang Shao, and composer Gao Xin. It's a glorious, wordless story of a love that endures despite the pressures of society, pressing dance to its narrative limits. With a storyline that echoes Romeo & Juliet, a cast like 300's slimmest Spartans, and a background out of Sia's Elastic Heart, Two Men resonates the tales that cling to our collective consciousness.
The short film, projected on Pop-Up's screen promptly at 7:30pm and again at the end of the evening, is a gorgeous testament to the power of dance. It is even more powerful—and even more necessary—as the China Netcasting Services Association attempts to censor all such depitions of male love.
Even more stirring, though, will be the live performance by the dancers who populate the all-male society of Two Men. After the performance, the dancers and directors will open the floor for a Q&A about the film and its production. Then another screening of the film will follow, for late-comers and those who want an encore show.
There's no cost to attend this night of achingly beautiful dance, but Pop-Up Beijing invites a donation of ¥50 to the China Red Ribbon Foundation Blessing Baskets, from all who can afford.
Don't miss this opportunity. As China's government hardens against its most vulnerable, the LGBT community and its friends must stand together in solidarity and love.
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