(b Singapore, 1948; d New York, 28 Nov. 1987)
Chinese dancer, teacher, choreographer and ballet director. He studied in Singapore at the Singapore Ballet Academy and obtained a degree in biochemistry at the University of Singapore. In 1970 he left to join Dutch National Ballet, where he spent five years as a dancer and began to choreograph. In 1976 he became resident choreographer of the Washington Ballet and in 1984 was named associate artistic director. His ballets were taken into the repertoires of many companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Australian Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and Royal Swedish Ballet. His best-known work was Configurations (mus. Barber), commissioned by Baryshnikov for American Ballet Theatre in 1981. He died prematurely of an Aids-related illness.