UCCA Beijing

UCCA Dune Performance Series
The Human Footprint


Performing Arts
Location:  UCCA Dune

UCCA invites 2Faced Dance Company, led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald, to create a site-specific dance work at UCCA Dune. The piece acts as a response to the exhibition, “After Nature,” and will address issues like plastic consumption, ocean currents, shifting weather patterns, sand dunes, succession, and human activity.

Emerging out of the sea and into the sand, twenty dancers will take an extraordinary journey that explores our current and future relationship with nature. Through mass movement, solo installations and journeys of self-discovery, “The Human Footprint” will enable audiences to reflect on and question their own role in nature, and capture their defining moments through photography and film.

“The Human Footprint” will see professional dancers from 2Faced Dance work alongside local citizens to create a performance and film. Artist Richard Kuan will create a video work based on both the rehearsal and performance, which will be exhibited later this year.



Creative Team

Tamsin Fitzgerald (Choreographer)

Tamsin Fitzgerald trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and founded 2Faced Dance Company in 1999. As Artistic Director of 2Faced Dance, Tamsin has been creating and touring works nationally and internationally to much critical acclaim, including “State of Matter,” “Still Breathing,” “7.0,” “In the Dust,” “Out of His Skin,” “Lucid Grounds,” “From Above,” “What The Moon Saw,” “Two Old Men,” “KAPOW,” and “MOON.” Commissions for Tamsin include: “Soap The Show” (world tour) for Chameleon Berlin, MTV Awards, “Watch This Space” with Hofesch Scheter for IDFB, “Wings of Desire” with Circa for IDFB, GLOW Festival, “The Rock” for MOKO Dance, “CUBES” for The Birmingham Weekender 2015, “Evaporated People” for EDGE 2018 and “Everything We Left Unsaid” for NSCD 2018. Tamsin is a Clore Fellow, Rayne Choreographic Fellow and was awarded the Jerwood Choreographic Research Prize in 2013. Tamsin has choreographed and taught at The Place, NSCD, The Centre for Advanced Training in Birmingham as well as leading on major educational initiatives internationally in Norway, Bulgaria, India and Brazil.

Jason Boyle (Dancer)

Samuel Buswell (Dancer)

Cameron Woolnough (Dancer)

Richard Kuan (Artist)

Richard Kuan received his BFA from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and is currently a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He also studied at Nanjing University and participated in the Yale Norfolk program. His work incorporates a wide range of media, including video, painting, sculpture, photography and installation. He is currently working on his first feature film.


2Faced Dance Company

2Faced Dance Company is based in the stunning rural city of Hereford. Under the helm of artistic director and choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald, the award winning, international dance company produces innovative, accomplished and aspirational artistic performances alongside an ambitious participation program and captivating community dance initiatives that truly reflect the landscape in which they are based. This allows the company to tell new and original stories, generating distinctive new work, whilst striving to stay relevant to their audiences. 2Faced Dance tours extensively across the UK and internationally and aims to work with cutting edge and culturally diverse collaborators, venues, organizations and individuals. The company supports and mentors local artists whilst advocating on behalf of the wider dance industry by challenging and inspiring different sectors of society. 2Faced Dance is a registered charity and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

About UCCA Dune

UCCA Dune is an art museum buried under a sand dune by the Bohai Sea in Beidaihe, 300 kilometers east of Beijing. Designed by OPEN Architecture, its galleries unfold over a series of cell-like spaces that evoke caves. Some are naturally lit from above, while others open out onto the beach. As a branch of UCCA, China’s leading independent institution of contemporary art, it presents rotating exhibitions in dialogue with its particular site and space. UCCA Dune is built and supported by UCCA strategic partner Aranya, and located within the Aranya Gold Coast Community.

Address: Aranya Gold Coast Community, Beidaihe, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province