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An Austrian-based choreographer, dance pedagogue, stage performer, trainer in ballet, contemporary dance, and Taijiquan, as well as a video artist and photographer, born in Taipei, Taiwan. He was awarded the 2008 Citi-Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and the 2009 Bolshoi Theatre Fellowship in Moscow, Russia. In 2021, he served as the stage director and guest choreographer at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy.
Since 2017, Yuan has been the executive director of Dance Vision, an Austrian team dedicated to creating, performing, and producing artistic, high-quality works from various ideas, with a mission to share these inspirational journeys with society.
Yuan received his First-Class Honours degree in B.F.A. from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009, where he majored in ballet and choreography. Later, he pursued studies in the Department of Radio and Television at the National Taiwan University of Arts. In 2019 and 2022, Yuan earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in dance pedagogy from the Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria.
Yuan began his professional dance career at the Hong Kong Dance Company before joining the National Ballet of Portugal, the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Bremerhaven Ballet in Germany, and TANZLIN.Z in Austria. As a dance pedagogue, Yuan has extensive experience teaching ballet and contemporary dance. He has taught dance for years at international workshops, professional dance facilities, and companies.
Since 2004, Yuan has been practicing choreography and has taken his 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 other places.
Yuan's choreographic works are distinguished for integrating dance with video art, demonstrating both dramatic power and abstraction. He views choreography as a synergistic practice that inspires him to create various multimedia performances and productions. Working with universally relatable ideas, he combines the aesthetic and virtuosity of ballet technique with the characteristics of Taijiquan, as well as dynamic contemporary dance movements and expressivity, to create choreographies driven by theatrical intention.
As a multimedia designer, Yuan started working on video projects in 2010 and has since received prizes worldwide.
In 2022, Shang-Jen Yuan, in collaboration with Prof. Peter Breuer, the principal and artistic advisor of the Salzburg Ballet at the State Theatre of Salzburg, initiated the reconstruction of the Summer Dance Intensive Program at the Salzburg International Ballet Academy (SIBA) in Salzburg, Austria.
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