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booking DANCE FESTIVAL beijing 2008
coinciding with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

“Let’s hope that there are many more dance festivals of this caliber in the capital.”
-- Metropolis Magazine, September 2008

Took Place at the prestigious Chaoyang Cultural Center (500 seats)
Tuesday, August 12th - Sunday, August 17th, 2008
2 American / 3 Chinese Dance Companies in 5 Day Dance Festival

BookingDance proudly presented the first booking DANCE FESTIVAL beijing 2008 to rave reviews. Top dance companies from across the USA joined top dance companies from Beijing for an unprecedented evening of International dance.

Endorsed by the USA Ambassador in China, the festival implemented extensive outreach activities including question/answer sessions following each program, master classes, and performances at an outdoor Olympic venue.

This festival proved to be a huge success, featuring the three best dance companies from Beijing – The National Ballet of China performing a world premiere, the internationally renowned Beijing Modern Dance Company and the experimental TAO Studio – alongside two top USA artists – Odyssey Dance Theatre and Kim Robards Dance. Both American companies received invitations to return/tour throughout China, in addition to gaining international exposure to a worldwide audience.

Produced by Jodi Kaplan, the festival continues to be committed to bridging political gaps through cultural connections. With the 2008 devastation of the earthquake in China, booking DANCE FESTIVAL beijing 2008 donated a portion of the ticket and merchandise proceeds to help victims.

Selected Festival highlights include:

- Sold-out nightly performances at a 500 seat venue

- Festival Artists featured at outdoor Olympic venues and projected to millions throughout Beijing on public Olympic screens

- Extensive preview coverage by International media

- Dance Magazine Feature (January 2009)

- Dance Magazine Editor, Emily Macel attended Festival to provide in-depth coverage

- International Press in attendance – Getty Images, TimeOut Beijing, Metropolis, The Beijinge

- Gala reception with cultural ministers and ambassadors in attendance

- Television coverage: Featured on NBC and KSL TV

- Radio coverage: Features on NPR and China Radio International (CRI) broadcast to millions

- Inclusion of top Beijing companies with a world premi�re by the National Ballet of China, and exclusive performances by Beijing Modern Dance Company

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Festival Materials
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Festival Program
Festival Poster
Festival Flyer / Front
Festival Flyer / Back
Festival T-Shirts

Festival Photos




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Upcoming Festival:
Edinburgh 2013

Past Festivals:

Edinburgh 2012
Edinburgh 2011
Edinburgh 2010
Edinburgh 2009
Beijing 2008




Festival Photos!


Press Photos

USA Companies
Kim Robards Dance
Odyssey Dance Theatre

Beijing Companies
Beijing Modern Dance Company
National Ballet of China
TAO Studio


"My enthusiastic congratulations to you on the occasion of the booking DANCE FESTIVAL beijing 2008. By bringing together on a single stage top dance companies from both China and the United States, this festival truly embodies the Olympic spirit of international friendship and cooperation.

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the important United States-China cultural exchanges which serve to deepen mutual understanding and bring our two great peoples and nations together."

Very truly yours,
Clark T. Randt, Jr.
USA Ambassador

“A brain-child of Manhattan-based booking agent Jodi Kaplan, the annual ‘booking DANCE FESTIVAL’ gives high-quality but under-funded US dance troupes international exposure.”
-- Time Out Beijing, Summer 2008

“All the performances were first-rate … By the end of their routine they had the crowd cheering.”
-- Metropolis Magazine, September 2008



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