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Originally from Taiwan and now based in Austria, Shang-Jen Yuan is a choreographer. He has received the Citi-Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (New York & Hong Kong) and the Bolshoi Theatre Fellowship (Moscow). Yuan currently serves as the manager of the Salzburg International Ballet Academy. In 2021, he collaborated with Boris Eifman, the artistic director of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, taking on roles as both a stage director and choreographer.
Throughout his career, Yuan has collaborated with various international platforms, including the Seoul International Dance Festival, the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, and the Florence Dance Festival. Beyond his acclaim as a choreographer, he adeptly balances roles as a dance pedagogue and video artist.
Yuan's dedication to dance was ignited in his early years, with intensive training in ballet, particularly the Vaganova Method. His academic journey brought him to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow with a full scholarship. Following this, he received another full scholarship for three consecutive years at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. At this institution, he earned a first-class honours B.F.A. degree, with a primary focus on ballet and choreography. Yuan further expanded his academic knowledge at the Department of Radio and Television at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Subsequently, he earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in dance pedagogy from Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria.
Launching his professional trajectory with the Hong Kong Dance Company, Yuan has over time fostered collaborations with esteemed dance companies such as the National Ballet of Portugal, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Bremerhaven Ballet in Germany, TANZLIN.Z in Austria, and the Salzburg Ballet. This journey introduced him to prominent choreographers like Peter Breuer, Boris Eifman, Mei Hong Lin, Marco Goecke, Ed Wubbe, Olga Roriz, William Forsythe, Christopher Hampson, Hwai Min Lin, and Maurice Béjart.
Since 2004, Yuan's choreographic compositions have graced stages worldwide, captivating audiences in cities including Hong Kong, Lisbon, Seoul, Busan, Budapest, Taipei, Bremen, Beijing, Mexico City, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol, Ulm, Salzburg, Florence, The Hague, Oulu, Bucharest, and more.
Starting in 2010, his multimedia designs began garnering international attention. By seamlessly integrating dance with video art, Yuan's works masterfully juxtapose narrative and abstraction. He views choreography as a collective endeavor, crafting multimedia performances that deeply resonate with audiences. Drawing inspiration from ballet techniques, Taijiquan, and contemporary dance, his creations form intricate mosaics of narrative and performance.
From 2010 onwards, Yuan delved into multimedia, with projects such as "Connected" and "Outleap" receiving widespread acclaim. A notable collaboration, "Deriva," co-created with Portuguese choreographer Clara Andermatt and composer Bernardo Sassetti, has been showcased from Hungary to Spain.
In 2022, Yuan collaborated with Prof. Peter Breuer, playing a pivotal role in the development of the Salzburg International Ballet Academy.
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