Ancient and Original Dances
Exploring Taiwanese culture through Dance and Music
Featuring Taiwanese dancer Chung-Fu Chang and violinist MinTze Wu
Dance Thread Through My Cultures and Homeland (Taiwan)
Chung-Fu Chang will perform 3 different styles of traditional Chinese Ribbon Dances that date back to the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD): Water Sleeves costume, Water-wave Fan, and Red Flower Ribbon Dance. He will also perform exerts from 2 modern dances that he choreographed.
The students will be invited to experience hand gestures and move with the long red ribbons.
MinTze Wu, a Taiwanese violinist and director of VOICES living in Carbondale, will intersperse historical information and play her violin when Chung-Fu changes costumes to create a multi-dimensional experience for the students. She loves to have fun and always has a twinkle in her eye.
Chung-Fu Chang was born in Taiwan, where he performed with the country’s internationally renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Kaohsiung Contemporary Dance Company. He has been commissioned by over 80 professional ballet and contemporary dance companies to choreograph and perform throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Chung-Fu choreographed for Verb Ballets Ohio and NYC, and Ormao Dance Company, Ballet Nouveau (now Wonderbound), and Boulder Ballet, Colorado.
Chung-Fu, MFAfrom UC Irvine, is a Full Professor of Dance at Colorado State University Dance Department. He studied at the Boston Conservatory, Harvard University and held creative residencies at The Yard, the American Dance Festival, was a guest dancer a Jacob’s Pillow and received many awards including 2021 Legends of Dance from The Dance Archive, The University of Denver’s Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library.
He directed the CSU Tour Dance Company that performed over 80 shows for the ADC School Out-Reach programs.