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Lecture and Workshop Series

Fall '22 Dance Program Lecture and Workshop Series

Yin Mei in Conversation with Ellen Gerdes
Yin Mei will speak about her rich body of choreographic work, which often incorporates other artistic disciplines, including theater, film, and installation artwork, in the context of conceptions of Chineseness.  Yin Mei sees her work as both traditional and experimental, as drawing on classical Chinese sources while, at the same time, subverting them.  Employing Chinese energetic and spatial principles as a means for creating dance within the rubric of contemporary dance theater, Yin Mei’s goal as a choreographer and performer is to make visible through dance the inner world that lies beneath the surface of everyday life—a parallel world beyond material purposes and goals, stemming from philosophical states of emptiness.  Yin Mei was a child during the Cultural Revolution in China and started dancing at the age of 14 with the Henan Province Dance Company.  After coming to the United States, she founded her New York City company Yin Mei Dance in 1995.  In addition to the United States, she has performed and choreographed in China, Hong Kong, and the United States, as well as Europe and other parts of Asia.  This artist talk will be run as a conversation with Visiting Assistant Professor in dance, Ellen Gerdes.
Wednesday, October 5th at 4:30pm

LPAC Cinema

Workshop with Germaine Ingram
Friday October 28th, 12:30-2pm 
Boyer Dance Studio

Workshop with Courtney Henry
Friday, November 11th, 12:30-2pm
Boyer Dance Studio

Workshop with Michael J. Love
Thursday, December 8th, 12:30-2pm
Boyer Dance Studio