Conversations on contemporary art in China that swung around to dance invariably brought mention of Shanghai choreographer and dancer Jin Xing. I seem to blog about her fairly often, and she seems also to receive frequent biography articles as she is something of a superstar.
“Becoming a charming woman, speaking foreign languages, marriage, having my own dance company, travelling all over the world, having beautiful children – it’s like a fantasy.”
It has been nearly 12 years since Jin smashed gender barriers in China by changing her sex to female in a procedure that nearly crippled her but fulfilled the deepest of her desires.
“When I was six years old I felt I had not been born in the right body,” Jin says. “I had an older sister and the way people looked and treated her – I felt that people should treat me like her.”
While her choreography has won her fame in her chosen profession, Jin Xing acknowledges that it was her sex change that propelled her to stardom, especially in China where sex is commonly a subject of embarrassment, and in public still downright taboo.
Having been through so much to achieve her goals, she cares little for the opinions and scepticism of others.
“Whether it is the dancer, choreographer, transsexual, or former military officer, it does not matter. I have so many identities from different perspectives. It does not make a complete person,” she says.