In this "visually ravishing" production (Guardian, U.K.), renowned Chinese choreographer Yang Liping presents her stunning vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies in 202 B.C., an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history. The story emerges from a fusion of martial arts, contemporary and Chinese folk dance, gymnastics, and hip-hop, along with live musicians and "breathtakingly gorgeous" design (Financial Times) by Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Based on historic events that form the backdrop of the Oscar-nominated film Farewell, My Concubine, Under Siege blends ancient traditions with modern sensibilities to explore war and power, betrayal and passion with searing poignancy.

“Undeniably an extraordinary feat of theatre.”
– Dance Australia
“An aesthetic triumph.”
– Guardian (U.K.)



20 Lincoln Center Plaza


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Under Siege

(U.S. premiere)

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm David H. Koch Theater

Add to Calendar America/New_York Under Siege Mostly Mozart Festival - The “powerful hallucinatory beauty” (<em>Time Out</em>) of celebrated choreographer Yang Liping’s dance-theater work explores war and power, betrayal and passion. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart Festival false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance
Yang Liping, chief choreographer and director
Tim Yip, visual director/set and costume designer
Beili Liu, The Mending Project Artist and Creative Consultant
Farooq Chaudhry, International Creative Producer
Fabiana Piccioli, Lighting Design (International)
Karthika Naïr, Dramaturg

Pre-performance lecture by Renqiu Yu on Thursday, August 8 at 6:15 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium​, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Performance length: 100 minutes, no intermission

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Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Endowment support for the Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Under Siege is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.


The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Under Siege is made possible in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.