Xin Ji

Xin started his dance career as a young boy followed by studying fulltime for five years at the Beijing Dance Academy. Upon graduation, Xin was offered a position in Japan with Shiki Theatre Company and performed roles in well-known musicals – most notably Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats. After five years of touring, Xin wanted to develop his skills in contemporary dance and chose to study at Auckland’s UNITEC. During his study, Xin was invited to perform at the World of Wearable Art in Wellington two years in a row and was chosen to represent UNITEC in China to perform a work created by Michael Parmenter for the 60th anniversary of the Beijing Dance Academy.

After Xin graduated from UNITEC he began working with leading contemporary dance companies including Footnote in Wellington, Okareka, Muscle Mouth and Movement of The Human. In 2015, Xin held his first contract with The New Zealand Dance Company performing in the premiere season of Lumina in Auckland, followed by tours to Germany and Holland; the 2016 premiere season of The Absurdity of Humanity; the 2016 NZ premiere of Trolleys; the 2017 premiere of Kiss The Sky; the 2017 national tour of The Absurdity of Humanity; the 2018 national and international season of Lumina and toured to Belgium and Luxembourg for the Time tour. 2019 is Xin’s fifth year with the NZDC where he was a part of the national tour for Kiss The Sky.

(Photo by John McDermott; taken from The Fibonacci as part of Kiss The Sky)