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 2017
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.
我愛你"520"at the Multinational Cultural Festival of New York 2016 at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Long Island
搖嬰仔歌"Taiwanese Cradle Song" Multinational Cultural Festival of New York 2015 at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Long Island
你們的聲音在那裡 "Where Your Voices Are" Triskelion Arts Presents, Brooklyn NY
"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.
"Gateways"-International Choreographers's Residency at American Dance Festival
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
"Insides" (Work in Progress)
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。
“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.
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" CPR- Center for Performance Research
"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.”
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.