Prepare to Be Surprised

An Anniversary Season, a Return Visit, and a New York Debut

Company member Yunna Long's impressive, if too drawn out, Linglei shows an intruder (Zhao) at odds with a close-knit community. What's enthralling is less his dilemma or the clumsily tender encounter between him and a woman (Ying Hou) than the group's behavior. In silver tunics and helmets, the dancers ooze on and, clustered, freeze in a deep lunge, right hands raised like paws, heads turned to survey us. In many subsequent entrances, these cats become squirrels, become birds, become a throng of many animals. They surround him, and he falls slowly. All the pieces seem to deal delicately with desires thwarted or individuals versus society—themes both timely and eternal.

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