Cheng-Chieh Yu is a choreographer of dance theater works that explore Asian Diaspora issues and
continually challenges notions of an Asian and Asian-American profile, crisscrossing issues such as gender ascription, social-political perspectives and cultural hybridity. Yu’s bold kinetics and provocative imagery are built from an acutely corporeal postmodern dance technique, fused with the martial arts of BaGuaZhang. Cheng-Chieh began her performance career touring with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. Then residing in New York City from 1989 to 2001, She performed in the companies of The Solomons Co. Dance, Jose Limon, Bebe Miller and as a guest artist for the Ralph Lemon Dance Project. Her choreography has been produced by numerous venues in NYC and Los Angeles as well as internationally in Germany, Indonesia, Israel, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from the Chinese Information and Cultural Center, Movement Research, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, the Beijing Modern Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China, the Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival in Hong Kong, The Creative Society and Sun-Shier Dance Theatre of Taiwan. She has received funding from Asian Culture Council, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the UC Humanities Research Institute, UC Institute for Research in the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Cultural Council and the National Endowment of Arts and Cultures of Taiwan. She holds a MFA in Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Cheng-Chieh Yu is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA.