Willy Tsao

(b. 1955)

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(b Hong Kong, 7 Oct. 1955)

Chinese dancer, choreographer, and director, widely regarded as the father of Chinese modern dance. He trained at the Pacific Lutheran University, Washington, between 1973 and 1997, returning to graduate from the University of Hong Kong in 1979 and in the same year to found the City Contemporary Dance Company. This has since become that region's major promoter of modern dance, featuring an extensive repertory of works, the majority created by Chinese choreographers including Tsao himself. The company has also toured internationally.

In 1984 Tsao was additionally appointed artistic associate of Vancouver's Goh Ballet. In 1986 he was invited to extend his pioneering work in Chinese dance to the mainland, teaching modern dance at the Beijing Dance Academy and the following year at the Guangdong Dance School. In 1992 he became founding artistic director of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and remained with the company until 1998. In 1999 he became artistic director of Beijing Modern Dance Company, founding the new Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company in 2005, having also returned to his post as director of Guangdong MDC in 2004.

A list of his works includes Wanderings in the Realm of Lightness (mus. Wong Sun-keung, 1989), China Wind—China Fire (mus. various, 1995), Sexing Three Millennia (Wong, 1998), 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism (mus. Peter Stuart, 2002), The Conqueror (mus. Chan Hing-yan, 2005), and Warrior Landing (mus. Chan, 2007).

http://www.ccdc.com.hk Website for City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)

Subjects: Dance.

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