Introduction

YU DANCE THEATRE, the home company of Los Angeles based choreographer, Cheng-Chieh Yu, stages dance theater works that illuminate diasporic issues intrinsic to contemporary culture. Yu’s bold kinetics and provocative imagery are built from the acute corporeality of postmodern dance techniques, fused with the martial arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Zhang. Yu Dance Theatre continually challenges the notions of an Asian and Asian American profile, crisscrossing issues such as gender ascription, social-political perspectives and cultural boundaries.

Yu developed her own choreographic vision and has built up a strong record of personal choreographic credits with accelerated acclaim from 1993 to the present. Her dance theater under the name of Yu Dance Theatre, as well as commissioned choreographic work has been presented internationally in USA, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Israel, Germany, & Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from the Chinese Information and Cultural Center, Mulberry Street Theater, Yangtze Repertory Theater, Movement Research, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, the Beijing Modern Dance Company, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China, the Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival in Hong Kong, The Creative Society and Sun-Shier Dance Theatre of Taiwan. USA presentations have been hosted by many venues in New York City such as Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, P.S. 122, La MaMa, Etc., Pace University, Taipei Theater; Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center. Also on the East Coast, her work has been presented at The Yard/A Colony for Performing Artists, and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts. Yu Dance Theatre’s presentations have been seen in southern California in Los Angeles at the Grand Performances, The Japanese American Theater, Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater (REDCAT), Highways Performance Space, Skirball Cultural Center, LA Contemporary Exhibition (LACE), Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts (LACMA), UCLA’s Center for Intercultural Performance, Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, Sola Dance Festival as well as the UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Riverside Culver Center, and San Diego’s Sushi Performance and Visual Art.Cheng-Chieh Yu’s Dance for Camera work in collaboration with film maker Marianne Kim have been screened in major international film festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Society of Lincoln Center/NYC, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Cairo Video Festival/Egypt, InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies and Almada Contemporary Dance Festival/Portugal, as well as in Asia for the Jumping Frames in Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Taipei.

She has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship and Cultural Exchange International Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles/Cultural Affairs Department, The James Irvine Foundation, the Cultural Council and the National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan, Jewish Federation/LA, the Jerome Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, DTW Suitcase Fund, UC Humanities Research Institute and UC Institute for Research in the Arts.

 

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余舞剧场成立于1997年,作品探索华人移民与美国人文的近距离对话,透过融合现代舞与中国拳术的身体,企图以大胆的语汇和激发人心的意象,致力探究性别、社会政治和跨文化议题。

1993年至今,余氏逐渐发展出个人的编导风格,并且受到越来越多的积极评论及赞誉。个人作品曾于纽约,洛杉矶,北京、广州,德国,以色列,新加坡, 印尼,香港, 台湾等地演出,委约创作单位包括: 纽约中华资讯及文化中心(Chinese Information and Cultural Center),莫博理街劇場(Mulberry Street Theater)、动作研究中心(Movement Research),纽约圣马可教堂的舞蹈空间(Danspace at St. Mark’s Church))、紐約的長江劇團和Yara藝術群,北京现代舞团、广东现代舞团、台湾的创作社和三十舞蹈剧场,以及香港的跳格国际舞蹈电影节。余氏的作品曾在纽约多个剧场演出, 包括DTW, The Kitchen, LaMaMa, 杰德逊教堂 (Judson Church),圣马可教堂的舞蹈空间等,也曾在麻省駐名的雅德舞蹈艺术村(The Yard/MA),和被《时代》杂志喻为“舞蹈界的枢纽和圣城”的雅各之枕舞蹈节(Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival)。南加州演出的劇場包括:洛杉矶格兰的艺术节 (Grand Performances)、美日剧场(Japanese American Cultural and Community Center)、加州艺术学院剧院(REDCAT)、斯科博文化中心(Skirball Cultural Center)、高速路剧场(Highways Performance Space)、洛杉矶女性戏剧节 (LA Women’s Theater Festival) 、索拉舞蹈节(Sola Dance Festival) 、加州大学洛杉矶分校的跨文化表演中心(Center for Intercultural Performances/UCLA)、 加州大学尔灣分校的尼克逊剧场 (Nixon Theater, UC Irvine) 、加州大学河濱分校科佛中心(Culver Center/UC Riverside), 以及圣地亚哥的稣斯表演和视觉艺术节(Sushi Performance and Visual Arts/San Diego )。

余承婕所獲得的创作基金包含美国的福特基金會(Ford Foundation),亚洲文化協會(Asian Culture Council),洛杉矶文化部艺术家奖助金及国际文化交流基金(COLA & Cultural Exchange International)、尔湾基金会(James Irvine Foundation)、 犹太人联盟 (Jewish Foundation)、Jerome基金会、Durfee基金会、加州大学人文研究院(UC Humanity Research Institute), 及艺术研究院(UC Institute for Research in the Arts),台灣文建會和國家文化藝術基金會的獎助 。1995年曾獲得紐約的軒尼斯表演藝術成就獎。她也曾获得很多机构的驻场艺术家赞助基金,机构包括以色列的蘇珊•德羅舞蹈中心 (Suzanne Dellal Dance Center/Israel), 美国麻省雅德舞蹈中心( The Yard/MA),纽约动作研究中心(Movement Research),纽约中华资讯和文化中心,UCLA文化交流表演中心(Center for Intercultural Performance),班宁顿大学(Bennington College/VT),以及日本的秋吉台艺术村。2012获选国立台北艺术大学35周年杰出校友。