november, 2019

10nov4:00 pmM Talks China: Tai-Chi, Qigong, and the Globalization of Traditional Chinese Breathing Practices


Event Details

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7

When:  10th November 2019 – 4 pm

Tickets: 100RMB, students 50RMB


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Chinese traditional gymnastics like Taijiquan and Qigong are becoming more and more popular in Western countries since the end of the 20th century. The European population finds in these breathing exercises interesting elements of spirituality and practices for well-being. However, some anthropologists argue that Indian Yoga and Chinese practices take part of a neo-orientalism culture used as a soft power, in reaction to the development of Western sports and medical science which are supposed to go with international modernization. In this talk, we will take examples of contemporary practices in Shanghai and Europe to observe the evolution of those health practices on the way of the silk road.


Marceau Chenault, Ph.D. Anthropologist and Choreographer based in Shanghai since 2009. Lecturer at East China Normal University, College of Physical Education and Health. Teacher in charge of international training at Shanghai Qigong Research Institute (Shanghai University of TCM). Founder of the Qi Dance Project for contemporary art performance in-situ. His research and publication concern the globalization of Asian body techniques.


(Sunday) 4:00 pm



No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)