Chinese trans dancer Jin Xing brings troupe to Tel Aviv
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Chinese trans dancer Jin Xing brings troupe to Tel Aviv

Called China’s Oprah, the popular TV host and dancer helps mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and China

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The Jin Xing dance troupe comes to Israel to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and China (Courtesy Ya Shen)
The Jin Xing dance troupe comes to Israel to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and China (Courtesy Ya Shen)

Chinese celebrity Jin Xing, a renowned transgender dancer who was a colonel in the Chinese army and hosts one of China’s most-watched TV shows, is bringing her dance troupe to Israel in February.

It’s the first time her eponymously named troupe, Jin Xing Dance Theater, will perform on an Israeli stage, celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and China.

The troupe, made up of 16 dancers, will perform two original pieces, “Space 9” and “Cage Birds.”

The modern dance troupe is the first in China of its kind, and incorporates traditional modern dance work in its pieces, together with traditional Chinese dance elements.

The upcoming performances at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater are not Jin’s first exposure to Israel.

Jin first visited Israel and Suzanne Dellal in 2005, later initiating an Israeli modern dance festival in Shanghai and then invited Israeli choreographers to China.

In 2014, she came to Israel to film an episode for her TV show, “The Jin Xing Show,” a variety program with an estimated audience of 100 million every week.

Jin is considered to be China’s Oprah — a household name, first known because of the stardom of a young male dancer, before he entered the Chinese army. It was after a long stint in New York City and then Europe as a dancer that Jin returned to China for gender reassignment surgery, who later returned to the stage as a female dancer.

The Jin Xing troupe will perform at Suzanne Dellal on February 9, 10 and 11. Tickets range in price from NIS 190 to NIS 220 and are available online at the Suzanne Dellal website.

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