Post Classical, Post Modern...New Moves in Asian Choreography

Panel Discussion

Date and Time: Saturday June 3 6:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Building C Room 235

General Admission: FREE 



Participants Include: Gu Jiani (China), Victor Fung (Hong Kong), Fujii Izumi, Yukio Miyahara and Mikiko Shinohara (Japan). Moderated by Vladimir Angelov of ICONS, the organization for choreographers.


Gu Jiani Choreaographer Gu Jiani's work embodies both fusion and juxtaposition. Originating from southern China, Gu trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance. Her work focuses on the relationship between visual impact, emotional impulse and physical space. Gu previously danced with the Beijing Modern Dance Company, and has worked with artists including Germany’s Munchner Kammerspiele and Belgium’s Tino Sehgal. She started to choreograph independently in 2013. Gu also is a painter and creates video and multi-media projects. Gu received awards from the 2011 and 2013 China National Centre for the Performing Arts International Choreography Competition and her works have toured throughout China, Melbourne Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and University of Michigan. Her newest work Exit premiered October 2016 at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, co-commissioned by Shanghai International Arts Festival “RAW” Program and Taiwan Performing Arts Center – Theater & Concert Hall.

Izumi B Fujii, is from Osaka, attended the London Central School of Ballet and appears in works of many different genres. She performed in the musical “Movin’out" in the West End in 2006. Fujii joined the residential dance company Noism1, directed by Jo Kanamori and performed in critical roles with them for 6 years. She was also active with a the theatrical dance unit Pink Dokuro. Later she started choreography work for Sadamatsu Hamada Ballet Company, Fashion Cantata from Kyoto, PARA-SOPHIA 2015 etc. She also gives WS lectures for universities based in Kansai.

Yukio Miyahara started dancing at Kanako Fukuoka Ballet Institute at the age of 12, and traveled around the world by himself. While attending Osaka University of Arts, he worked as a guest dancer for many performances. After graduating from University, he went Europe to study European Contemporary Dance. He toured with the dance company Noism1 in 2010, and started to create his own pieces. After he left the company, he started to choreograph work for Kyoto's Fashion Cantata, PARA-SOPHIA2015, Ballet Companies etc, and gives WS lectures for universities in Kansai.

Mikiko Shinohara was born in Osaka. Via ballet school attached to the Vienna State Opera, she finished School of Health and Physical Education at University of Tsukuba. During attendance at university, she started creative activities and won the first prize at the second Seoul international dance competition, for senior women's contemporary dance. She joined Noism 2008-2013, working as ballet mistress for the trainee company Noism2 and Jo Kanamori's directing assistant. Since joining scarabe in 2014, she has taken an active interest in the bodies and minds of all ages. She directed some pieces with local people as a guest lecturer at University of Shizuoka.

Victor Fung is an award-winning choreographer based in Hong Kong and London. He received the Award for Young Artist at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2013 for his international achievements in dance. He has been commissioned by organisations including Hong Kong Arts Festival, City Contemporary Dance Company, Chisenhale Dance Space, and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts amongst others. Besides choreographing, Victor is currently conducting doctoral research on the development of creativity in dance training with support from Middlesex University and Dance4. He is also a Clore Fellow of the Clore Leadership Fellowship Programme and a Shadow Trustee of Hofesh Shechter Company.

Vladimir Angelov graduated in 1986 from the National Ballet School in Sofia, in his native Bulgaria. Parallel with his dancing career, he was also a Philosophy major at the University of Sofia. After immigrating to the United States, he completed his masters in dance and choreography in 1996 at the American University in Washington, D.C.Mr. Angelov's early choreographies were shown at the New Choreographers on Pointe in New York City, Vienna TanzFest in Austria, Paris International Dance Festival, Japan Fall Festival in Kyoto, All Latin American Dance Festival in Puerto Ricco, among many others.

As a choreographer, Mr. Angelov has created original contemporary ballets for companies such as Atlanta Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet, Richmond Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, as well as Alberta Ballet in Canada, Ballet Manila in the Philippines, Tokyo City Ballet, and Nagoya Ballet Theater in Japan, the National Ballet of Mexico, and the legendary Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Angelov has created dances for a dozen of opera productions directed by Placido Domingo with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, and also has choreographed for diverse musical, theater, film, and television productions.

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