Performed by the Sun-Shier Dance Theater (Taiwan)
Friday-Saturday, January 18-19, 2008, 8pm
Tickets are $15 general, $10 students/seniors
UCLA Central Ticket Office, www.tickets.ucla.edu or 310-825-2101. Info at www.wac.ucla.edu or call 310-825-3951.
Cheng-Chieh Yu created “Hood, Veil, Shoes,” especially for the vibrant, Taiwan-based Sun-Shier Dance Theatre. “Hood, Veil, Shoes” responds to the visceral heat of urban transit in Taipei, Taiwan’s bustling capital city, where gender-based rites of passage for young women overflow into and permeate their daily journeys through the urban landscape. Through Yu’s kinetically charged choreography, scenarios of overcrowded, Southeast Asian traffic culture become trials of the divine body. Dancers become exhaust-veiled heroes morphing to the tensions of social and interpersonal violence. How does the sweat of waiting at the intersection mix with the sweat of desire? The audience is enveloped in a deeply evocative world of gender in motion, fueled by the convergence of libidinal myths that resonate universally.
Cheng-Chieh Yu began her international performance career with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, and then worked out of New York City with numerous choreographers, including José Limón, Gus Solomons, Bebe Miller, and Ralph Lemon. She has received choreographic commissions from the Chinese Information and Culture Center, Yangtze Repertory Theater, Movement Research, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City, Beijing Modern Dance Company, Beijing, Guangdong ATV Academy for Performing Arts in China, and Sun Shier Dance Theatre Taiwan. Yu’s dance theater works illuminate diasporic issues intrinsic to contemporary culture. Her bold kinetics and provocative imagery are built from the acute corporeality of postmodern dance techniques, fused with the martial arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Zhang. Yu and her company, Yu Dance Theatre, continually challenge issues of Asian/Asian-American identity, gender, socio-political perspectives, and cultural boundaries. Her work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, P.S. 122, La MaMa, Etc., Pace University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Skirball Cultural Center, REDCAT, and Grand Performances, among many others. Yu is a choreography Professor in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Sun-Shier Dance Theatre was founded by Pi-Jung Wu and Hsiu-Ping Chang in 1997. One of the leading young dance ensembles in Asia, the company has worked with nineteen choreographers, produced ten repertory works and performed more than eighty performances throughout Taiwan in only four years. In theaters, galleries, and outdoor gardens, Sun-Shier Dance Theatre believes that dancing can be presented without environmental limitations.
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