During the Tang Dynasty, dancers and all artists were
confluences between religions, mythologies and all art forms, from Roman to
Indian to Korean, as regions met and cultures merged along the Silk Road's
routes of trade. This is art: a sea that swells with the influence of all
artists in time.
The intercultural road of today is made not of silk but
fiber optics allowing art to be accessible in every corner of the world, and
this is why Liu Dao, the Shanghai-based art collective who incorporate their
love of technology in their artistic hymn, have added programmed LEDs to the
long line of mediums that have combined with traditional Chinese dancing.
For Liu Dao's "Unshaded", twenty-four thousand LEDs blink in harmony to illuminate a dance that began in ancient civilization and hasn't stopped. [Pete Bradt]