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Lo Man-fei



Biography

Born in 1955, Lo Man-fei grew up in Yilan, a city full of dance atmosphere.

A renowned dancer, choreographer and dance educator in Asia, Lo held a BA in English Literature from National Taiwan University and a MA in Dance from New York University. As a young talent, Lo began her professional career in 1974 with the Neo-Classic Dance Company in Taiwan, continued her training at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and the Jose Limon Dance School in New York. While in New York, she took part in various theatrical works, including the Broadway musical The King and I, starring Yul Bryner.

Lo had worked with many professional companies, including Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and performed extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States. She was very often assigned solo and leading roles, including Aureole by Paul Taylor, Frida by Helen LAI, Requiem by Lin Hwai-min, and many others. She was best noted for her solo performance in Requiem, a work Lin Hwai-min choreographed for her, in which she maintained a spin for more than 10 minutes.

Aside from her career as professional dancer, Lo had also devoted to dance education. In 1985, she began teaching at the Dance Department at the National Taipei University of the Arts, Taiwan, was appointed the chairperson of the Dance Department in 1992, and designated as the director of Graduate School of Dance in 1994. In the same year, she and three other former leading dancers of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan co-founded Taipei Crossover Dance Company. In 1999, she was appointed as the Artistic Director of Cloud Gate 2.

Acclaimed by her great dedication to the arts field, Lo received "WU San-lien Award of Literature and Arts" from WU San-lien Awards Foundation in 1999, and "National Award for the Arts" from National Culture and Arts Foundation in 2000.

Lo's major choreographic works include Pursuing the Dream (2006), All about Love (2005), Reed Field (2002), Three Etudes: The Snake (2000), Restless Souls (1999), Chronicle Of A Floating City (1997), City Of The Sky (1996), The Place Where The Heart Is (1995), The Beginning (1994), and Paradise Lost (1994).

Lo discovered that she had lung cancer in 2001, but remained passionately committed to her dance performances, choreography and teaching. After a five-year battle with lung cancer, she passed away in peace on March 24, 2006, at the age of 51.
Lo Man-fei