Cheng-Chieh Yu choreographs dance-theater explorations at the intersection of social-political perspective, gender ascription and cultural hybridity. Yu combines the primary kinesthetics languages of modern and post-modern dance, in reformations that are informed by non-western movement practices. Currently, Yu's dance practice interiorizes the martial arts of DaoYin and BaGuaZhang. Cheng-Chieh began her performance career touring with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. Then residing in New York City from 1989 to 2001, Cheng-Chieh performed in the touring companies of Jose Limon, The Solomons Co. Dance, Irene Hultman, Bebe Miller and as a guest artist for the Ralph Lemon Dance Project. Her choreography has been produced by numerous venues in NYC and Los Angeles as well as internationally in Germany, Israel, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from the Chinese Information and Cultural Center, Movement Research, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, the Beijing Modern Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China, The Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival/ Hong Kong, The Creative Society, Sun-Shier Dance Theatre and Taipei Dance Circle of Taiwan. She has received fellowships from City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the UC Humanities Research Institute and grants from the Cultural Council and the National Endowment for Arts and Cultures of Taiwan, the Jerome Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, DTW Suitcase Fund and UC Institute for Research in the Arts. Her teaching credits include the Beijing Dance Academy, ATV Academy for Performing Arts (China), Shanghai Dance Academy, Guangdong Modern Dance Festival and Beijing Dance Festival, Taipei National University of the Arts/Taiwan, as well as in NYC at Movement Research, The Limon Institute and Dance Space Inc. Her dance films include "Martiality, Not Fighting" featured at the KCETLink on its global Dance for Camera online platform. This film has received the Dirorphte Jury Award in Amsterdam (2016), The Best Short in Dance Camera West, Los Angeles (2015), as well as the Best Performance from the InShadow Video Festival in Portugal (2014). Yu is a Professor of choreography at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
January 12&13, 2019