Haiyan Wu and Yang Zou of Miami City Ballet are also partners on and off the stage. The locations where the two have performed individually and together, including Russia, Denmark, Turkey, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, France, Peru, Germany and Italy, make a veritable world map of stages.
They are also medalists in numerous international competitions.
"We are going to perform Balanchine's 'Diamonds' pas de deux from Jewels in Cincinnati," Wu says, "but we are also bringing 'Xun' (pronounced shu ahn) which we have choreographed ourselves. We just finished it last month.
"In our company we do a lot of Balanchine, and recently some Twyla Tharp. But we wanted something new and completely modern and different for this appearance.
"In Chinese, Xun means 'always looking for something.' The piece is about love, and how you are always looking for someone you want to be together with for your whole life. We have used Chinese music, and we have drawn some of the movement quality from traditional Chinese dance, so the feel is definitely not Western."
Surprisingly, Wu says her greatest strength as a dancer is not her astounding technique.
"It is that I am consistent," she says. "I tell myself 'I can do it.' Then I go on stage and enjoy the music and do my best. I always want to bring the best I can to my audience."
And here's an online blog entry from Greg Stepanich at the Palm Beach post. (Thanks, dirac, for finding that one.) It's about Elvis Costello's new composition for the ballet that Twyla Tharp will be setting on MCB his season:
This show will be a must-see for me this season, even though I’m a little apprehensive about the music. Costello did some sudden genre-switching in Il Sogno and those were the worst parts of the score. From the promos, it looks like another half-and-half thing here, but that’s just a guess.
It may be that it doesn’t add up to a whole success, or it could be that Costello comes up with a unified style that offers us his compositional personality as well as a demonstration of his range. Either way, it’s another must-see for me in the upcoming season.