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SHANG-JEN
YUAN


A Taiwanese choreographer, stage performer, dance pedagogue, trainer in ballet/contemporary dance, video artist, and photographer resident in Austria. The recipient of the 2008 Citi-Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and the 2009 Bolshoi Theatre Fellowship in Moscow, Russia. The stage director and guest choreographer at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy in 2021.
 
Yuan graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in B.F.A. from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009, majoring in ballet and choreography. Later, he began his studies in the Department of Radio and Television at the National Taiwan University of Arts and pursued his bachelor's and master's degrees in dance pedagogy at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria.
 
Yuan started his professional dance career at the Hong Kong Dance Company before joining the National Ballet Portugal, the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Bremerhaven Ballet in Germany, and TANZLIN.Z in Austria. He began his choreographic practice in 2004 and has since taken his choreographic works internationally, reaching communities in Hong Kong, Lisbon, Seoul, Busan, Budapest, Taipei, Bremen, Beijing, Mexico City, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol, Ulm, Salzburg, Florence, and so on. As a multimedia designer, Yuan began his works in 2010. Since then, he has been awarded prizes worldwide.
 
His choreographic works are distinguished for integrating dance with video art, which demonstrate both dramatic power and abstraction. Yuan views choreography as a synergistic practice that inspires him to produce various multimedia performances and creations. Working with universally relatable ideas, he combines the aesthetic and virtuosity of ballet technique with characteristics of Taijiquan; and brings them together with dynamic contemporary dance movements and expressivity to create choreographies driven by theatrical intention.