We will start the workshop with the practice of DaoYin （導引）, which is a form of moving meditation re-contextualized by Xuong Wei, a Chinese Taiwanese Martial Artist. The main concept of DaoYin is based on the movement energy of “Silk Reeling”（纏絲）, a silk thread unspun, reeling from an unraveling cocoon. The twisting and spiraling unraveling and unfolding echoes the Deleuzian “Fold.“ “The world can be interpreted as a body of infinite folds and surfaces that twist and weave through compressed time and space.”
Movement breath triggers multiple diverging responses, an interconnected network; an activating unfolding and folding simultaneously. Each exhalation and inhalation build infinite expansion from with-in, and with-out.
Taking some of the DaoYin embodied principles as our approach, our creative explorations can be understood not as a single existence but co-existence in interactions and dissolution of opposites.
Cheng-Chieh Yu choreographs dance theater that explores an Asian and Asian-American profile in the intersections of social-political perspective, gender ascription and cultural hybridity. Yu’s bold kinetics and provocative imagery are built from an acutely corporeal postmodern dance technique, fused with the martial arts of DaoYin and Ba Gua Zhang. Cheng-Chieh began her performance career touring with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. Then residing in New York City from 1989 to 2001, Cheng-Chieh performed in the companies of The Solomons Co. Dance, Irene Hultman, Jose Limon, Bebe Miller and as a guest artist for the Ralph Lemon Dance Project. Her choreography has been produced by numerous venues in NYC and Los Angeles as well as internationally in Germany, Israel, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from the Chinese Information and Cultural Center, Movement Research, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, the Beijing Modern Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China, The Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival/ Hong Kong, The Creative Society, Sun-Shier Dance Theatre and Taipei Dance Circle of Taiwan. She has received fellowships from City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the UC Humanities Research Institute and grants from the Cultural Council and the National Endowment for Arts and Cultures of Taiwan, the Jerome Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, DTW Suitcase Fund and UC Institute for Research in the Arts. Her extensive teaching credits include the Beijing Dance Academy, ATV Academy for Performing Arts, Shanghai Dance Academy, Guangdong Modern Dance Festival and Beijing Dance Festival in China, Taipei National University of the Arts/Taiwan, as well as in NYC at Movement Research, The Limon Institute and Dance Space Inc. Her dance film “Martiality, Not Fighting” is featured at the KCETLink on its global Dance for Camera online platform. The film has received Dirorphte Jury Award in Amsterdam (2016), The Best Short in Dance Camera West, Los Angeles (2015), as well as the Best Performance from the InShadow Video Festival in Portugal (2014). She holds a BFA in Dance, Taipei University of the Arts, College of Dance and MFA in Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
You can see Cheng-Chieh’s work at HomeLA on Jan. 12 & 13, 2019. More info at https://www.homela.org