(b Shenyang, Lianoning Province, 13 Aug. 1967)
Chinese dancer, choreographer, actor, and director. Jin was born a boy to ethnic Korean parents and at the age of 9 joined the local military song and dance academy. Three years later he was moved to Beijing to study at the People's Army Dance Institute, reaching the military status of Colonel aged 17 as well as the highest rank of dancer. He graduated in 1984, and danced with the National Dance Company before studying modern dance in Guangdong in 1987. Between 1988 and 1991 he was allowed a period of study in New York, training at the studios of Graham and Cunningham, and between 1991 and 1993 he additionally worked in Rome and Brussels, performing, teaching, and choreographing. In 1993 he returned to China to organize a training course for choreographers and in 1996 to become artistic director for the Beijing Modern Dance Company. In the same year he underwent surgery to become a woman. Jin's works for BMDC, a fusion of Eastern and Western contemporary styles, included Sun Flower 1996 and Red and Black (1998). In 1999 she formed her own company (which operated without state funding and was eventually based in Shanghai) and since then has created the multi-media work Cross Border (2002, with pianist Joanna MacGregor), Shanghai Tango (2003), and Shanghai Beauty (with Jutta Hall and Dieter Baumann, 2005).