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Hsiao-Tzu Tien

  • Oct. 11-13. 2019:  Her choreography LUCID DREAM, commissioned by the National Theater & Concert Hall (Taipei) for its Mixed Program, premiered at Experimental Theater.
  • Jun. 2019: Premiere of her short piece IN THE ELAPSED TIME in National Taichung Theater and Chiayi Performing Arts Center, commissioned by Chiayi New Style Choreography Festival.
  • Mar. 2019:  She and choreographer Yen-Cheng Liu visited a circus school in Switzerland. Together they also participated cross-discipline and cross-culture experiments with Sarah Simili, the co-artistic director of Cie. Courant d’Cirque.
  • Oct. 13. 2018:  She presented her work STEM in the Showcase Program at Busan International Dance Market (BIDAM 2018).
  • Mar. 2018:  Her piece THE HOLE was invited to perform in the Contemporary Theatre Biennale, Shengzhen, China, which earned high marks from the audience and press.

Freelance choreographer, dancer and performer.

Born in 1984 in Tainan, Taiwan. Graduated from Department of Dance, National Taiwan University of Arts.

Regarding choreography as the chisel of life, Tien attempts to cut away the contradictions and labels that hinder self-exploration, and uncover powerful emotions deposited in the body. While looking into the desire and fear in life, she also looks for the exits of life’s trajectories, as well as their various patterns. Recently she starts to focus more on social phenomenon and gender issues. She also develops the potentials of body through collaboration and exchange with theater and performance arts, while connecting with foreign cultures and other disciplines through the exercises of body.

In 2016 she was selected by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan for the artist residency program in Paris. Her work The Hole was nominated for Taishin Arts Award in 2015.

Her works have been premiered in Taipei Arts Festival, Dance Massive (Melbourne), America Dance Festival, among others. The Hole and Stem have been presented respectively in Avignon Off, Shenzhen Contemporary Theatre Biennale and Dance Bridges Festival (Kolkata).

She has also collaborated with numerous choreographers and companies, such as Century Contemporary Dance Company, Shu-Yi & Dancers, Mikuni Yanaihara (Japan) and Sally Richardson (Australia). Since 2014 she has been the movement designer for various theater companies, such as Style Lab and Wind & Ear Studio.

Her choreography pieces include: Lucid Dream (2019), In the elapsed time (2019), The Hole (2015), Blank (2015), They Dig a Hole under the Eyes (2014), Traveler (2012), and Stem (2011).

Lucid Dream



(1) Always confront and conquer danger in dreams; (2) always move toward pleasurable experiences in dreams; (3) always make your dreams have a positive outcome and extract a creative product from them… Each artistic creation is like pursuing the unknown – a lucid dream in which you are perfectly aware that you’re striving for pushing …more…

 

The Hole

The Hole is the sum of all emotions. It embraces the dark moments that hit us like waves from time to time, using body to physically explore how emotions and feelings are created in the first place. As a response to the social conflicts and struggles originating from a turbulent society …more…

 

Stem

To reflect not only the security of “covering” and “veiling” in her personal life experience but also the self-contradictory conflict of being fettered, the dancer was covered by floral-print fabric from head to toe. Moreover, through this image, she tried to discuss the mental state and physical behavior when she was been watched …more…

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In the performance, the choreographer exhibited her doubt and fear of self-identity as a Taiwanese from a bystander’s perspective. Through the switch of the relations between a white male performer and a Taiwanese female performer, the choreographer tried to discuss Taiwanese people’s self-identity difficulty and the alienation of national identity during the process of being constantly colonized.

Premiere: Aug.28, 2015 Taipei Zhongshan Hall ,Taiwan

 

 

 


They dig a hole under their eyes

They dig a hole under their eyes is about the disguised or hidden feelings such as contradiction, confusion, disquiet. From recalling unforgettable events in memories, immersing themselves in emotions then developing movements, the three dancers collaged their personal life experiences and emotions to present those deeply buried feelings in the dreamy context.

Premiere: Sept. 26, 2014 Huashan 1914 Creative park, Taiwan

 

 

 

 


Traveler

Taking Franz Kafka’s Rainy days and Mondays as the covert text, Traveler is presented in the solo dance to confer the unbalanced condition intermittently happening in life. Beside the text-disappeared and imitation vintage newspaper to represent our lost in media world, the choreographer also interwove concrete installation (chalet with leakage), lamp and all the body movements to poetically elaborate the pursuit of direction in life and the fatigue in lost. Through the concept of tilt and out-of-balance as the movement developing foundation, the choreographer presented the life moment of getting off-balance, being terrified and urgently trying to find a direction.

Premiere: Nov.23 ,2012 Experimental Theater(NTCH), Taiwan

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