Beyond this vale,
There is a life above,
Unmeasured by the flight of years;
And all that life is love.

(James Montgomery)

Beyond the vale, both in time and space, is the metropolis. The city is a matrix where life is continually destroyed and generated. Modern cities are made of millions and millions of tons of steel and concrete… they can be dangerous, overwhelming and asphyxiating. They can swing silently over our heads, and then suddenly hit, grab, entangle and swallow us up. They can be unpredictable, but at the end of the day, they are made by and for human beings. From the beginning of time to current day, we create a space that we believe is best for us and the society we live in.

A crowd will always be stronger than an individual. When a cohesive group of people deal with the unpredictability of urban spaces, it always finds a way to dodge any difficulties it may encounter. Life has and always will defeat death. The history of evolution has taught us that life will not be contained. Life breaks free; it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, dangerously, frantically, even painfully.

Choreographer: Jorge Crecis
Assistant choreographer: Emily Thompson-Smith
Composer: The Artist
Producer: Luo Xiaoying
UK Creative Producer: Carmen Moreira
Production Consultant: Niko Bell
Executive producer: Chen Si
Set Designer: Zheng Jinqi
Lighting Designer: Liu Chongliang
Media/Graphic Designer: Fan Cong
Dancers: Tang Yupei, Ma Minghan, Li Nan, Amy Grubb-Han, Chao Ke, Zhao Jin, Cui Jian.

‘Trans la valo’ is the Esperanto translation of ‘beyond the vale’. Esperanto is a language developed by L. L. Zamenhof whose goal was to create an easy-to-learn and neutral language that transcends nationality and would foster peace and international understanding between people with different regional and/or national languages. “Esperanto” also translates as “one who hopes”, the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, on July 26, 1887.