“Situ-Asian” An evening of new dance works by Jia Wu.
In Situ-Asian Jia Wu directs 23 artists and draws on 15 years of training in Beijing Opera, Tai Chi and Chinese folk dance to create biting social commentary through contemporary inter-media dance works. Hypocrisy in international political relations and the changing role of women in an era of rapid modernization are among the themes explored. Situ-Asian features original music by Derric Spivak Jr., David Karagianis and Jeff Hayman, three video collaborations with filmmakers Mariel Louise McEwan, Cari Ann Shim Sham, Pinar Yoldas, and animator Xiaojin Bao.
Situ-Asian, the two-part work which opens the program, is an autobiographically inspired video set in China in the late 1970’s, which tracks a girl’s life from age 5 to 18, followed by Wu’s performance of a classic solo from Bejing Opera, “An Imperial Concubine Gets Tipsy” (Gui Fei Zui Jiu). In Poker Face, her duet with dancer Ally Voye, Wu employs slapstick humor and a table to explore the two faces of diplomacy in international political relationships. A second duet titled Bird Cage, a collaboration with Jose Reynoso, exposes the situation of Chinese women struggling with traditional and modern female roles, employing the theory of helplessness from social psychology. Delicious Trees, a trio made for the camera inspired by Jia’s studies with Eiko & Koma, embraces a cycle of life that includes tree spirits and human beings. The Other Shore is a floating dreamscape which explores the confusion of what we want versus what we need.
Jia Wu, Ally Voye, Eva Aymami, Jonathan Corps, Jose Reynoso, Maya Zellman, Marissa Ruazol, Rosemary Candelario, Niuniu He, Selena Jixing Bao.
The creation and production of Situ-Asian is funded by: The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Jia Wu started professional training in dance at the age of five and began to perform as a soloist and principal dancer shortly thereafter. In 2001 Jia got her B.A in Chinese dance performance and choreography at
Jia received awards for outstanding performance and choreography at the Chinese National Dance Competition in 2000 (
Jia has performed her contemporary choreography and traditional works on programs in
Currently Jia is the Director of the UCLA Chinese Folk Dance Troupe. The group has made appearances in numerous events on and off campus in Southern California, including the 2006 Lotus Steps at UCLA's Royce Hall, the 2005 UCLA Chinese New Year Culture Fair, UCLA Chinese Heritage Week, the Chinese Lunar Year Parade in downtown Los Angeles, and the Chinese New Year Reception the Moon Festival Show sponsored by the Chinese Students and Scholar Association of Southwest America.
She has performed professionally for choreographers Victoria Marks (USA), David Dorfman (USA), and Luis Garay (
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