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Cheng-Chieh Yu, Professor
Dance/Choreography

Office: Kaufman 140E
Tel: 267-4782

Websites: http://www.yudancetheatre.com   http://leaningonahorse.wacd.ucla.edu 

Cheng-Chieh Yu choreographs dance theater that explores Asian Diaspora, 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 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, 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, and Sun-Shier Dance Theatre. The most recent commission was with Taipei Dance Circle of Taiwan, premiering in Sept. 2017. 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, 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.

 

 

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Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM
Fall Quarter Begins
Mon Sep 23 @11:00AM
WACD Undergraduate Welcome Session
Tue Sep 24 @12:00PM
New WACD Graduates Meet with Dr. O'Shea
Tue Sep 24 @ 2:00PM
New WACD Graduate Students Meeting
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...