As a Taiwanese artist based in New York, I seek to experiment with the blending Eastern and Western dance forms, to fine tune my aesthetic vision and concepts and expand my understanding of the cultural and artistic impulses driving the evolution of modern dance worldwide.
As a choreographer, I aim to create imaginary worlds and put them on display for those on the outside looking in to be utterly captivated by. In this worlds, I create tension from juxtaposing images of extreme realism and abstraction. These images deconstruct the human experience dealing with issues of identity, power struggle, psychological trauma and the trials and tribulations of daily life. Though mostly abstract, these images utilize movement that is organic and conceptual in nature; blending dance forms from Asia with contemporary Western idioms is what informs me as a choreographer and performer. There is a concentration on sensation, use of gravity and the awareness of the soul. This falls in line with the way inspiration comes to me. I like to play with the pieces like a puzzle, arranging and rearranging them to see where they fit with each other both mechanically and viscerally. I’ve come to appreciate the essence of silence, and in the worlds created by my dances there is a generous amount of silence that replace the sounds we hear and are conditioned by in daily life. Silence not only gives those inside the world the opportunity to focus on the voice of the body, but also challenges those outside of the world – the audience - to tune in to something beneath the surface of sound.
I have been investigating the question of how to communicate in a cross-cultural setting. My choreography seeks to 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. My work combines socio-political, historical and gender related material with multi-faceted imagery portrayed through somatic exploration.