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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. 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.
 
Since 2017 Yuan has been the executive director of the Dance Vision in Austria, a team devoted to the offering, creating, performing, and producing artistic, high-quality works from various ideas, having the mission to share these journeys of inspiration with society.
 
Beginning in 2022, Yuan and Prof. Peter Breuer, the principal and the artistic adviser of the Salzburg Ballet at the State Theatre of Salzburg, began rebuilding the Salzburg International Dance Academy SIBA's Summer Dance Intensive in anticipation of its relaunch in 2023.
 
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. In 2019 and 2022, Yuan received 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. As a dance pedagogue, Yuan has rich experience teaching ballet and contemporary dance. This encompasses years of teaching dance for international workshops, professional dance facilities, and 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, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol, Ulm, Salzburg, Florence, The Hague and so on. As a multimedia designer, Yuan began his video works in 2010. Since then, he has been awarded prizes worldwide.
 
His choreographic works are distinguished for integrating dance with video art, which demonstrates 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.

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