Ching-Ying Chien

  • Apr. 29. 2023:  Selected by Aerowaves, VULTURE is to meet international audience at Spring Forward Festival in the Project Arts Center (Upstairs) in Dublin.
  • Nov. 8. 2018:  Her choreography debut VULTURE premiered at the Taiwan Dance Platform organized by National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (WeiWuying). Critics of the platform praised her physical ability as “possessing explosive energy and prodigious presence”.
  • Jun. 7. 2018:  Her choreography debut VULTURE, inspired by an ancient legend of dying vulture’s sun-ward flying, was selected as part of Akram Khan Company’s Portraits in Otherness series. The short version premiered in June 2018 at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theater (London).

Freelance artist of Akram Khan Company (UK) and Compagnie du Hanneton (CH).

Born in 1988. Graduated from Department of Dance, National Taiwan University of Arts.

Though a new talent in the field of choreography, Chien is always a highly sought-after dancer. She has worked with Akram Khan Company since “iTMOi” in 2013. Her perfect performance in “Until the Lions” won the Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) at the 2016 National Dance Awards (UK). Dance critic Lyndsey Winship also praised her “a woman of powerful but serene stillness, who shape-shifts between delicate, melting movements, stubborn decisiveness and contorted convulsing.” In 2019 she performed in “Outwitting the Devil”.

She became a free-lance artist in 2020. In the same year, she started to work with French artist James Thierrée and his Compagnie de Hanneton, and has since collaborated with them for the productions of “ROOM” and “Mo’s“.

She has also collaborated with different choreographers and companies in Taiwan, such as Fang-Yi Sheu, Shu-Yi Chou and HORSE. Besides theater performance, she also worked as the art model and improvising dancer for Guo-qiang Cai’s “Day and Night”, a gunpowder drawing. She has worked with director Adam Smith in numerous video projects as the dancer and choreographer, including “Stranger”, a music video for hip-hop musician Plan B, and few videos for British electronic band The Chemical Brothers. Together with Akram Khan, she co-created a duet for “Can We Live with Robots”, a TV documentary commissioned by Channel 4. Recently, she performed in “The Silent Burn Project”, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Akram Khan Company during the Covid pandemic time.

Her choreography “Vulture”, created in 2018 with the support of Akram Khan Company and Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), is selected as one of twenty pieces to be showcased in Aerowave Spring Forward 2023.


Initial inspiration for this piece came from an old Tibetan myth about vultures. It is said that nobody ever sees the body of a deceased vulture. When a vulture knows it’s life is close to ending it will fly high up towards the sun and melt away into nothing. It ties in a little with the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus. Man imitating nature and failing …more…