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Jin Xing Rewarded Honorary Doctorate of Dance from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

01 July 2014

Jin Xing, dancer, actress and founder of the first independent contemporary dance company in China - the Jin Xing Dance Theatre - has been rewarded an Honorary Doctorate of Dance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

Xing's achievements in the cultural field have received manifold recognition, with the Honorary Doctorate of Dance joining the French government’s ‘Chevalier de l’ordre des Art et des Lettres’, among others.

As an artist and opinion-former in today’s Chinese society, Jin Xing is a true icon. Trained as a dancer and being a highly decorated officer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at an early age, Jin Xing pursued further studies in the US and Europe for several years before returning to her home country in 1995. She founded Jin Xing Dance Theatre, the country’s first independent dance company, and led it to international acclaim. In addition to her prestigious dance career, Jin demonstrated her versatile talent in films and theatre plays. Since 2012, Jin Xing has commanded a highly influential public voice through her television presence, not least as host of her own talk show and through her fan base which reaches nearly a million followers in the Chinese blogosphere. Jin Xing not only represents a new generation in China; her name has become a synonym for courage, freedom, self-responsibility and the endless power of a creative spirit.

A long-time friend of ELIA, Jin Xing first collaborated with the organisation in 2004 as a keynote speaker of the 8th ELIA Biennial ConferenceChallenging the Frame in Luzern. More recently she has delivered a keynote address to the 6th ELIA Leadership Symposium: E/MERGE (Helsinki, 2013) and has contributed to the latest ELIA Publication ArtFutures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education (Amsterdam, 2014).

The awardment of the Honorary Doctorate on 1 July 2014 comes ahead of the performance of the Jin Xing Dance Theatre at RCS on 4 July. More information on the performance and the purchase of tickets can be found on the RCS box office website.



Maggie Kinloch, Vice Principal at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, presents Jin Xing
with the Honorary Doctorate of Dance.


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