Fan Luo.

Fan Luo. “There are no rules in contemporary dance”

Fan Luo
Fan LuoMarcus Palmqvist

Fan Luo was born in China and began dancing as a 9-year-old. Like many children, he preferred to be moving all the time. When he turned 13, he knew that dance was the right way for him to express himself, and began attending a professional dance school. The day he took his exams is still one of the most important of his life. "I was so nervous – my parents are dancers and this was the first time I was to dance when they were in the audience. I wanted to make them really proud," relates Fan.

New places and new people all the time After having danced with different companies in China, Fan came to Gothenburg in summer 2012, straight from the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company. There is a huge difference between Gothenburg and Hong Kong – but Fan is used to moving and starting up again in new places. "When anyone asks where home is for me, I don't know what answer to give. I believe I am at home everywhere. It is inside me," he says.

"GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is a well-known contemporary company that people are talking about in the dance world. Our performances have to be experienced, they can affect people in completely different ways. I applied for a job here because I have heard so many positive things about it." / Fan Luo

Every dance creation and every performance is unique
Despite the fact that he is now in the middle of the dance world, explaining what contemporary dance is cannot be taken for granted. It has to be experienced – and since there are no rules, every performance and dance creation can be interpreted in completely different ways, according to Fan. There can be elements of drama with dialogue or singing, while other dances can be meditative, communicating with the public on another plane.

New challenges are part of everyday life for a dancer. "When I was younger, I had clear goals and really fought to get there. Now I take every day as it comes, go with the flow and try to find what is good for me," says Fan and continues: "There is always something going on here, new choreographers and new dance creations. That's great for us as dancers.”

In spring 2013, you can see Fan dance in Body Remix, The Rite of Spring and 33 Rue Vandenbranden.


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