Cheng-Chieh Yu, Associate Professor
Office: Kaufman 140E
Cheng-Chieh Yu is a choreographer of dance theater works that explore Asian Diaspora issues and continually challenges notions of an Asian and Asian-American profile, crisscrossing issues such as gender ascription, social-political perspectives, cultural boundaries, and hybridity. Yu’s bold kinetics and provocative imagery are built from an acutely corporeal postmodern dance technique, fused with the martial arts of Tai Chi Chuan 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, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from the Chinese Information and Cultural Center, Movement Research, Danspace 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 and Sun-Shier Dance Theatre 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 of 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, Guangdong Modern 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. She holds a M.F.A. in Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.