ABOUT

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SHANG-JEN
YUAN


A Taiwanese choreographer, dance pedagogue, stage performer, trainer in ballet/contemporary dance/Taichi-dowing, video artist, and photographer resident in Austria. 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, and the Department of Radio and Television of National Taiwan University of Arts. Later, Yuan began his dance pedagogical study at both bachelor's and master's degree level at Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria.
 
Yuan started his professional dance career at National Ballet Portugal, before joining Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Bremerhaven Ballet in Germany, and TANZLIN.Z in Austria. As a dance pedagogue, Yuan has rich experience in teaching ballet and contemporary dance. This encompasses years of teaching for international workshops and professional dance facilities, and professional companies.
 
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, Salzburg, Florence, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol and so on. As a multimedia designer, Yuan began his video works in 2010. Since then, he has been awarded prizes worldwide.
 
His works are distinguished for the integration of dance with video art, which demonstrate both dramatic power and abstraction. Yuan's vision of choreography as a synergistic practice has inspired him to produce various multimedia performances and creations. Working with universally relatable ideas, he combines the aesthetic and virtuosity of ballet technique and brings it together with dynamic contemporary movement and expressivity to create choreographies driven by theatrical intention.