Little Pear Garden

Started in 1994 as a Peking Opera collective, then transformed into a professional dance company in 2007, the Little Pear Garden Dance Company is one of the most sought after dance troupes in Canada.

Inspired by the rich and diverse tapestry of Chinese dance vocabularies, the Company has created acclaimed and powerful body of work that encompasses both the classical and contemporary productions, warmly received by audience of all ages and cultures.

The Company is actively involved in many projects of dance development and promotion, and has enjoyed a consistent presence in festivals, performing seasons and tours. Our current artistic director is Ms. Emily Wing-Mei Cheung.

Events

TALES OF CHINA

FRI 11/17-SAT 11/18, 8pm
Betty Oliphant Theatre
404 Jarvis St, Toronto

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About Us

Organizational Mandate/Mission

iLttle Pear Garden Dance Company [LPGDC] (formerly Little Pear Garden Collective) develops and promotes Chinese dance in Canada via the production and presentation of performances, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions on the local and national levels by creating an environment that supports Canadian artists practicing both Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic expressions. We aspire to develop a distinct voice in the opera and dance ecologies and to be the premiere Chinese performing arts company in Canada that features professional artists, innovative programming, stimulating workshops, and creative new works that reflect passion, honesty, integrity and excellence.

Under the leadership of current Artistic Director Miss Emily Cheung, LPGDC’s vision is in building Chinese contemporary dance vocabularies through innovations and creative works that are meaningful to the Chinese / Canadian Diaspora. Miss Cheung also seeks to collaborate with artists from various disciplines and culturally diverse backgrounds to create work that uniquely combines the different aesthetics and contemporary sensibilities. The main focus of LPGDC is to create repertoires that utilize a unique contemporary dance vocabularies based on both traditional and classical Chinese dance/opera aesthetics. In order to achieve this, all of LPGDC dancers are required to conduct training in traditional and classical Chinese dance and operatic movements to preserve the authenticity of the Chinese elements in the new dance vocabularies.

Name Origin

hTe company’s name is derived from Peking opera’s tradition of nomenclature. During the Tang dynasty in China, approximately 712 – 755 AD, Emperor Hsuan Tsung founded the Pear Garden Academy inside his royal court, thereby establishing China’s first professional music and dance performance troupe.

This important institution is considered to be the origin of Chinese opera. Subsequently, Chinese opera has been referred to as the “pear garden profession”, and opera performers may be referred to as the “children of the pear garden.” Thus, when William Lau founded the collective to promote Canadian appreciation of Chinese performing arts, he named it the Little Pear Garden Collective. In 2015, the board decided to recognize the fact that the collective had been transformed from a Peking opera presenter to a dance focused theatre under the leadership of Ms. Emily Cheung, and officially changed the collective name to a dance company.

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Our Productions

BITTER TEA
FENG (BREEZE)
VENOM OF LOVE
THE 5 ELEMENTS
FOUR BEAUTIES OF CHINA
TALES OF GODDESSES AND A PAINTER
YUNNAN BRIDE
WA DANCE
Photo credits: Bitter Tea, Jonathan Wong; Feng, Jonathan Wong; Venom of Love, Maylynn Quan; The 5 Elements, Tam Kam Chiu; Four Beuaties of China, Maylynn Quan; The Pinter and the Goddesses, Josh Nychuk; Yunnan Bride, Victor Tan; Wa Dance, Maylynn Quan.