Since 2005 we have been exploring a fusion between dance and humanitarianism by bringing performance art to the untouched by the art and others that may not have been exposed to youth culture, creating a bridge between worlds. Finally in June of 2010 we decided to formalized an organization/dance-company and to extend the invitation to more artists to collaborate with us.
The Company took the name “The Tea Dancers / Ballet de la Compasión” partly because they love tea. Tea is much more than the healthful compounds in it. It is an experience of respect and community. In Chinese society, the younger generation always shows its respect to the older generation by offering a cup of tea. Since half of the artists who participate in the company are Latin-American, they also decided to add a not-so-literal Spanish translation to their title. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed.
The scenic language of the “Ballet de la Compasión” is the result of a fusion of different dance styles such as classical, contemporary, African and circus arts. Together with theater, painting, musical composition and singing creativity, the object is to create a Positive Intention on stage, seeking to move, excite and energize the spectator with the adrenaline of art.
As difficult as it is to perform for audiences that are in such destitute situations as a homeless shelter, The Tea Dancers had an amazing and very inspiring responses from people. 95% of the times, audiences were exuberant and enthusiastically requested repeat performances.