This is Cactus Land (Work-in-Progress) The work explores the relationships within a landscape of sounds, objects and a body in the light or in darkness. Elements are isolated but also connected. The dance evokes memories of intense struggles and the stage becomes a metaphor for a space dedicated to personal desire and vulnerability.
Choreographer: Chia-Ying Kao Performer: Chia-Ying Kao Music: György Ligeti: Continuum (1968) by Joyce Chen and After the Flood by Talk Talk https://vimeo.com/780916164
2022 Topaz Arts AAPI Dance Residencies （Part I）
Identities (Work-in-Progress) Identities reflects on the concept of likeness and continuity (within itself and in its dialectic with the sounds), as well as on the issues of self-definition and individual physicality. Choreographer: Chia-Ying Kao Performer: Chia Ying Kao Music: Knee Play I by Philip Glass https://vimeo.com/723072204
Trio: The Fire Winds Chia Ying's Solo Work- Disintegration Choreographer: Chia-Ying Kao Performer: Chia Ying Kao vimeo.com/666494772 Fri, Oct 8 / 7pm: Chia-Ying Kao/Kenektid Inc
2020-2021 Site-specific work Dance concept by Chia Ying Kao Performer by Chia Ying Kao vimeo.com/564489766
2021In Vitro NCC Theater&Dance Presents
Inspired by John Cage’s seminal work 4’33”, ’In Vitro’ is a multi-paced juxtaposition of movements, text, music, voice and, of course, silence. The dance style deconstructs and rebuilds itself from pedestrian actions to modern dance movements, and into gestural signifiers. Subdivided into three movements, this work cross-examines dancers’ state of silence/stillness, the re-setting of their personal emotional counterpoint and the redefinition of their notion of dance as a means of expression.
Virtual Dance Concert–YouTube streaming Saturday, May 22 at 8:00 PM Choreographer: Chia-Ying Kao Performers: Maxwell Ginsburg, Tamar Sabo Music: Imaginary Landscape IV by John Cage, john cage - experiences no.2 (lyrics by e.e. cummings, vocals by robert wyatt) Music Editor: Giacomo Merega Lighting Designer: Peter Fox Costume Designer: Jessica Costagliola Videotaping: Chuck Albano, Peter Fox Video Editor: Dominick Castaldo vimeo.com/563952841
"Confession” is a solo experimental work that consists of a short video, props, music and dance. This work explores various emotional states, buried consciousness, and the unexpected conditions, and unwanted challenges and responsibilities, demanded by the emergence of Covid-19. During the concept mapping and movement research, my mind was full of distorted thoughts related to my career, human rights, community support, unclear social tendencies, economic turmoil and educational issues.
Choreographer by Chia-Ying Kao Performer by Chia-Ying Kao Music: Bryars by Balanescu Quartet, Uprane by John Frusciante, Etudes: No 9 by Philip Glass Video Editing by Dominick Castaldo vimeo.com/563076152 2019Warm Heart, Cold Feet
In this collaborative process, the focus was on migration-related emotional suffering. We explored the meaning behind emotional blackmail, examples of this kind of manipulation, and the damage that occurs from this emotional abuse. Through dance, music and video, the work is a means for sharing our stories, from which we hope to build bridges between differences, reclaim our existence and bring awareness to our community.
Title: “Warm Heart, Cold Feet” Collaborators and Performers: Chia-Ying Kao, Cinthia Chen and Emily Wexler November 18, 2019 Carousel Lawn and Lefferts House of Prospect Park vimeo.com/378680066
2019Out of A Landscape
"Out of A Landscape" is inspired by the ongoing intensive agriculture practiced to produce food that damages the environment through use of chemical fertilizer, pesticides, and insecticides. The piece promotes the idea of ecological dance, an activity which aims to imitate nature in its ways of operating.
Chia-Ying Kao Dance presents "Out of A Landscape" June 15&16, 2019 Saturday and Sunday at the Gallery, Kunstinitiutive Im Friese- KunstBUS, Germany Choreographer/Performer: Chia-Ying Kao Composer/Performer: Giacomo Merega https://vimeo.com/348727585
The piece explores the shared experience of individual journeys transplanting from one country to another through movement and sound. It explores living in NY as immigrants, how we adapt to the new culture, what keeps us here, how we overcome the language barriers and engage with the community.
Choreographer/Performer: Chia-Ying Kao and Sandra Kluge Music: Chia-Ying Kao and Sandra Kluge Saturday, May 18 BrooklynWorks at 159 vimeo.com/359765353
2018 The Nows Chia-Ying Kao Dance presents “The Nows” at Noel Ruiz Theater, PC for Performing Arts, Oakdale, NY
"The Nows" is an expressionist pastiche of contemporary dance and music, a multi-layered, multi-paced cathartic juxtaposition of inner spaces and echoes of reality. Choreographer: Chia-Ying Kao Performers: AJ Guevara and Chia-Ying Kao Composer: Giacomo Merega Musicians: Voice: Rema Hasumi, Guitar: Todd Neufeld, Bass Guitar: Giacomo Merega vimeo.com/294955114
Sunrise gives the hope we all wish for, while I am learning to let exhaustion take me away peacefully. The circles of routine are like tracks on the snow, but we must light up the sky with breaths of imagination. vimeo.com/252823191
Multinational Cultural Festival of New York 2016 Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Long Island
2015 搖嬰仔歌Taiwanese Cradle Song
Multinational Cultural Festival of New York 2015 Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Long Island
2014 Where Your Voices Are 你們的聲音在那裡 Triskelion Arts Presents
"Where Your Voices Are" is an evening-length dance-theater work. The piece examines social conflict and how the majority imposes morality. Using the political tension surrounding a set of rock-islands in the East-China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan, and Japan, the piece dissects the mindset and actions of institutions through dance. Elaborating on the themes of cultural conflict, power struggle, widespread psychological trauma and disruption of daily life, the work explores the evolving dynamics of how national identity and politics are perceived in a globalized society. This awareness has the potential to spark a critical dialogue about the nature of political hegemony. Through the depiction of territorial disputes in East Asia, the work raises questions about cultural sustainability and social justice. There are alternating images of extreme realism and abstraction, all blended with experimental sounds. “Where Your Voices Are” will take the audience on a journey of despair and discovery, coupled with realization and awakening.
2013 Gateways American Dance Festival (International Dance Choreographer's Residency)
The known and the unknown, like a fragmented walk in a dense forest the shine of the scenery, a transparent statement down to the clothes Is that an answer? Shakes and kisses all around like a mute Something that doesn’t fit us Who should i belong to ? This question is only the beginning
2013 Insides(Work in Progress) Triskelion Arts Split Bill Program
“Insides”, which is inspired by the novel “The Knight in Rusty Armor”, physicalizes the intent and inner dialogue through which we define and examine ourselves. This work explores some of the common weaknesses within humanity- loneliness, anger and fear. 高嘉瑩三十分鐘的新創舞作『Insides』靈感來自於當代著名喜劇作家羅伯特·費希爾創作探索生命本質的小說『盔甲騎士』(The Knight in Rusty Armor)。因日復一日瑣碎而忙碌的生活, 人們身上的枷鎖尤如重擔,借由這本小說來重新認識自己、理解自己和一起尋找失去的自我。 https://vimeo.com/83274977
2013 Mist Must Northport Library Presents What is a syncretic dance, in the context of a globalized society? A dance that proposes a possible stylistic and aesthetic synthesis between different perspectives on the same topic. Or on the same image, like a painting. "Mist Must" is a work of contrapositions, and apparent opposites in a constant dialectic flow. A dynamic journey through harmony, dissonance, contradiction, poetry and unexpected beauty. With original music composed and performed by famed Italian bassist Giacomo Merega, this original work by Taiwanese choreographer Chia-Ying Kao 高嘉瑩 is a compelling statement filled with poetry and excitement. 2012那張大畫像 The Big Picture Center for Performance Research Spring Movement
"The Big Picture" assembles deconstructed chamber music and an unpredictable combination of choreographic ideas in an open space that creates a peculiar sense of space reversal. Illusion and humor is the focus of the piece. The work, with its rich array of color, contrasting textures, and atmospheric effects, presents a powerful dramatization of extremes in human emotion. The dance eliminates the rational and logical thinking and focuses on the spiritual and the unconscious non-logical aspects detected through the unspoken mysteries of the body and the visual world. My intention is to capture the audiences by encouraging participation in non-linear expressions and movements. This communication inspired by the painting, strips away the decorative aspects of dance and reveals its essence. The audience surrounds the performer who is in a gallery-like space. This very audience, directed by the dancer, adds their own layer of meaning to the transposed work. The scale is shifted and the painting is made lifesize in “The Big Picture.” https://vimeo.com/73483651
The work "Familiar" explores the process of becoming acclimated to something unfamiliar. It is a moment of self-awareness, insight and physical reaction to the state of discovery and surprise. For example: accepting or refusing familiar / unfamiliar dance styles, identifying a new environment and making one’s body a physical manifestation of this process. The dance is turned inward, but this exploration offers an insight into what informs and motivates movement in a larger context. https://vimeo.com/61444119