Elena Demyanenko & Dai Jian's BLUE ROOM Set for New York Live Arts, 2/13-15
Dai Jian, born in Hunan, China, combines his roots in both contemporary and classical movement forms from Eastern and Western practices, including martial arts, dance, improvisation, installation and visual arts. At the age of 18, Dai Jian received a Performance Award at the National Dance Competition in China, and won the New Stars Award in Performance and Choreography in Guangzhou city with his first solo creation. This solo work was later selected by the Boston International Ballet Competition as the Male Solo Compulsory Piece in 2012. Dai Jian joined Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City in 2005, and assisTed Shen Wei with the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2008. Dai Jian was a company member of Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2008 to 2012. Among other choreographic experiences, he created One is 1 or Not (2012), an audience interactive experimental piece with/for the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, and Non Space Restriction (2009), a full-length multi-media performance using internet live chat feeds with installations. He has collaborated with Kimerbly Mayhorn (visual artist); Mimi Gerrard (video artist); Kirstie Simson (improvisational artist); Michael Shumaker (improvisational artist); Katrina McPherson (filmmaker); and the choreographers Yin Mei and Hou Young. Dai Jian is an artist-in-residence at CUNY's Queens College Dance Department (Queens, NY); the Carolina Friends School in (Durham, NC); The Chinese Cultural Center and The Puffin Room (New York, NY). He has received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council and a fellowship from the American Dance Festival.
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