Mongolian Aminurta Kang dances like graceful horseman


Nancy T. Lu,The China Post

Mongolians grow up on horsebacks. Aminurta Kang’s choreography certainly gives him away as a Mongolian. To get him to dance, in fact, is to send him riding away beautifully. Watch closely the graceful movement of the torso from the waist up.

“I miss horseback riding on the prairie a lot,” confessed the Canada-based Kang yesterday. “I get to do it only when I am back in Inner Mongolia. That is where my home is. I return only once a year.” The Ars Formosa Company is presenting Kang along with the Hubei Song & Dance Opera House entourage from mainland China this Thursday, June 20, at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Kang has been away for 10 years. Home, however, is very much where his heart is. “Remembrance of the Wilderness” — a piece of choreography created two years after his arrival in Canada — emotes his great pining and nostalgia for home. It shows his strong Mongolian roots. This dance will be in the Taipei program.

Kang started out as a folk dancer. At 20, he left home to study dance at Beijing’s Central University of Nationalities. At 29, he arrived in Toronto, Canada. He teaches there. After trying to develop and evolve as a dancer in the last ten years, he has emerged Inner Mongolia’s most outstanding dance export recognized for his celebration of his folk culture.

“You will see in my dance a zest for life,” he pointed out. “You will discover how I put in the yang and the yin elements in my choreography. These are represented by the wolf and the deer in the Mongolian lore.”

Although he has been exposed to ballet and contemporary dance in the West, he keeps returning to what the colorful Mongolian folk culture has to offer.

Yesterday Kang did a dance to music by Mongolian composer Tengger. The two grew up together.

Asked if he took tap dance lessons in the West after he gave a sneak preview of what he could do, he replied: “No, I never did. I just danced it naturally.” Of “The Language of the Brook,” he explained: “The piece of choreography has to do with a mother’s love. To say that it is great is an understatement. Every drop of water is like a repeated question of a mother to her son, expressing her care and concern. She repeats her very same words everywhere he goes. She guides her son on like a drop of water, which makes its way from the brook to the big ocean.”

Kang performed previously in Kaohsiung and Taichung.