Verb Ballets' Winter Series to Feature Work of Chung-Fu Chang, 2/23
Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics. The company strives to be a thought leader in cultivating dance appreciation and support through education and outreach programs. In growing audience appreciation for dance Verb Ballets helps make northeast Ohio a national destination for the arts.
Chung-Fu Chang (Choreographer) was born in Taiwan. He studied painting when he was five and majored in Fine Arts and Commercial Arts Designs Schools. When he was 17, Chung-Fu discovered his passion for dance, and later performed with the country's internationally renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and also the Kaohsiung Contemporary Dance Company. In 2002, he began to pursue a solo career. His solo works and performances have been showcased nationally and internationally. He received a Solo Finalist Placement Award at the 2004 Palm Desert Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival at McCallum Theatre in California. In 2007, he was invited as a special guest artist for the Grand Prix de Argentina in Buenos Aries, Argentina. In 2011, he was featured as an international artist at Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Most recently, he performed at JTEN Festival in Tokyo, Japan. His choreography has been presented throughout the U.S. and in Argentina, Cyprus, England, Greece, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Taiwan. A full evening of his work was presented at the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea Avant Garde 2008 and 2009 in Merida, Mexico. His commissioned works include: Compañia Umbral Danza Contemporánea and Danza Libra Contemporánea in Mexico; in the United States: Aspen Dance Connection, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Boulder Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Ormao Dance Company, MOMENTA Dance Company, the Dancing Wheels Company's Icarus Project, the Mulberry Street Theater's Ear to the Ground Series, Verb Ballets and many universities' dance programs; in Taiwan: the 2000 and 2005 Asian-Pacific Young Choreographers' Project, the 2003 Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival, the Counterpoint Chamber Music Company's evening show - Peter Pan, Solar Site Dance Company, and others. In 2011, he premiered eight dances and performed in New Zealand, Mexico, the U.S., and Taiwan. Orange County Register dance critic Laura Bleiberg, named Chang in "Faces to Watch '98: A Look at People in the Arts". Chung-Fu was a Chancellor's Fellowship recipient from the University of California, Irvine, where he completed his M.F.A. in Dance, and was named Distinguished Alumni. He has taught as a guest artist at major dance companies, institutions and festivals throughout the U.S. and overseas. Currently, he is an associate professor at Colorado State University, Dance Division. He has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the CSU Mortar Board in 2008, and The 2009 Best Teacher Award from The CSU Alumni Association. Chung-Fu has received his YogaFit Level One Certificate from YogaFit. His teaching biographical profile is listed in Who's Who in America.