Research Statement 2020
As an artist who attempts to build bridges and to find synthesis between cultures, I value exchanges with other artists. As a choreographer who is always eager to perfect her skills, it is extremely refreshing and educational to be exposed to others’ approaches to my same craft. I have always tried to live by this and to inform my dance practice around the ideal of a multicultural dance that can be significant and have an impact in a diverse society.
My work is exploration-based and strongly influenced by surrealism. Using automatism to generate movement, I grapple with issues of cultural identity in current American society. In these imaginary, almost dystopian worlds I conceive of in my work, I create tension by juxtaposing images of extreme realism with those of abstraction. I deconstruct the human experiences of identity creation, power struggle and psychological trauma through the trials of daily life. My work also seeks to explore and portray intense emotions using minimal means, keeping the audience focused on the dance itself. The intention is to raise a reflexive mirror to perceived cultural differences at an individual and societal level. I use a hybrid vocabulary from Chinese dance and modern dance to portray how I have blended my larger senses of Taiwanese and American culture, and somatic movement practices to uncover what it means for the human body to move within and beyond it’s normal parameters.
In past works, I have discovered narrative elements and new ways of embodying human emotion, transposing imaginative states into compositional structures in time and space. I use paintings, drawings and sculptures in the didactic and choreographic process. Currently, I am in investigating the question “How can a dance evoke a culture without borders?” I value a deep dialogue between the artists and performers in the collaborative rehearsal process and I strive to challenge the way that diverse bodies can co-habitate space and cooperate kinesthetically. Through the research, I am employing similar techniques to investigate barriers to access, modes of spectatorship, and the relationship between performer and viewer. My goal is to communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds - recognizing that many people identify with experiencing conflicts and barriers related to their identity.