Wang Yuanyuan


Wang Yuanyuan is one of China's leading modern dance choreographers. Born and raised in Beijing, she studied Choreography at the Beijing Dance Academy, where she later served as teacher and helped redesign the curriculum, at the same time winning high awards for the school as dancer and choreographer in international competitions in Shanghai, Paris, Seoul and Moscow. From 2000 to 2002 she trained at the prestigious Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the California Institute of Arts (Cal Arts) School of Dance in Los Angeles. Ms. Wang has led the development of modern dance in China. In 1998, she was named resident choreographer for the National Ballet of China. The following year she premiered Butterfly Lover at the People's Hall for the 40th anniversary of the National Ballet, as well as a Chinese version of The Nutcracker. In recognition of her excellence in choreography, she was invited to serve as guest choreographer at the New York City Ballet in 2003. She has choreographed important works for top Chinese filmmakers, including a ballet version of Raise the Red Lantern for director Zhang Yimou and the dance sequences for Tan Dun's music in The Banquet (a Chinese adaptation of Hamlet) for the director Feng Xiaogang. She has been invited to choreograph for many top companies throughout China, and was given the honor to choreograph both for the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 and the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing (again with Zhang Yimou) in 2008. Her works have been staged around the globe in the United States, Russia, Japan, France, Bulgaria, Denmark, Singapore, and Australia, as well as Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. She was the first choreographer in Chinese history to win top prize for choreography in International Ballet Competitions an unprecedented four times. In 2008, she founded the Beijing Contemporary Dance Theater with veterans Lighting Director Han Jiang and Set Designer Tan Shaoyuan, and the company premiered the new work Space Diary.
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