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.
NCC Theater&Dance Presents 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
"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
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
"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
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.
Title:2006/2015 Choreographer/Performer: Chia-Ying Kao and Sandra Kluge Music: Chia-Ying Kao and Sandra Kluge Saturday, May 18 BrooklynWorks at 159
Chia-Ying Kao Dance presents “The Nows” at Noel Ruiz Theater, PC for Performing Arts, Oakdale, NY. 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
"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 2017Disappear Digest
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.
"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) Triskelion Arts Presents, Brooklyn NY
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.