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.