Chinese Secrets

Harmony

Thunder breaks out,

The earth is roused.

The Ancient Kings

Made Music,

They revered Spiritual Power,

They offered splendour

To the Supreme Deity,

They made sacrifice

To their Ancestors.

-Hexagram 16 from “Book of Changes”

It all began more than ten years ago, when Saile first participated in Chinese martial arts course of Xingyi Bian Gan, conducted by master Zhang Shangmin from China. It was followed later on by learning Neigong and Baguazhang – also from master Zhang Shangmin.

From all eastern styles, which Saile has been in contact with, Baguazhang is the most captivating and closest to her.

Baguazhang is one of the three main Chinese martial arts of Wudang school and is considered as an internal practice, focusing on the mind and inner strength. It’s characteristics include circle walking and rather slow-moving, flowing forms.

This dynamic is very inspiring as it consists of both – visually elegant form and inner depth, as well as perceptible power. Thus emerged the thought to use these movements in choreography, bringing the beauty of this style closer to people.

About the music

Bagua (八卦, the Eight Diagrams) in Dongjing Music, is proofed to be originated from the two Toism music, say Nichang Yuyi Dance Music and Ziwei Bagua Dance Music, in 741 promulgated by Li Longji (the emperor of Tang Dynasty, who ruled during 712-756 and led the country to its most prosperous period), the former has already disappeared while music part of the latter one is still existing in Dongjing Music.


This choreographical composition was born from interweaving the elements of Baguazhang and dancer’s own improvisation based on sound and spiral-circular movements.

From left: Janno Mäe (drum, bells), Lilian Langsepp (guzheng), Tarmo Tabas (text), Saile Johanna Langsepp (dance), down center: Raho Langsepp (dizi, dongziao, xun)