News: Global Dance Contest winner announced

Wednesday 18 November 2009

The winner of the Sadler’s Wells online Global Dance Contest is Shu-Yi Chou, a 26 year old choreographer from Taiwan. His piece 1875 Ravel and Bolero won the most audience votes in the final shortlist of ten, selected by a panel of judges from 170 entries submitted from 34 countries around the world.

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and CEO at Sadler’s Wells said “As a young choreographer in the early stages of his career in dance, it is a huge achievement for Shu-Yi to have beaten so many entries from countries as far afield as Nigeria, Venezuela, China and Australia. As well as being able to offer each year’s winner the chance to perform alongside world class artists at our critically acclaimed event Sadler’s Wells Sampled, this contest has also given Sadler’s Wells the opportunity to reach a wider group of dance makers than ever before, which is incredibly exciting.”

Shu-Yi and his company receive a cash prize of £2,000 and the chance to perform their piece as part of Sadler’s Wells Sampled, the theatre’s popular and critically acclaimed dance taster weekend, in January 2010. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the group to come to London for the performances and technical and artistic support will be provided for the piece to be adapted to the main house stage.

Shu-Yi Chou is a graduate of the Dance Department of National Taiwan University of Arts and has been making work – and increasingly a name for himself – since 2003. He has taken part in the Taiwan National University of Arts Young Choreographer’s Project and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s Seed Choreographers Project. In 2005 Shu-Yi and several young choreographers founded Taiwan’s first all-male dance company, Horse and in 2008 the company collaborated with French choreographer Thierry Bai to choreograph_ Bones_, performing at the Joyce Theater in New York. Shu-Yi has also performed with Taiwan’s Lafa Dance Company, and has created multimedia works at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art in Taichung, and with French sound artist Yannick Dauby. In 2008 he joined the International Choreographer Residency program of the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, and went on to join a six-month Asian Cultural Council residency programme in New York, ending in September 2009. In October 2009 he joined the three-month residency programme Cité des Arts in Paris.

*1875 Ravel and Bolero* is an original contemporary dance work for 12 dancers set to Ravel’s famous music. Talking about it work Shu-Yi Chou said “The famous melody which is repeated numerous times without change brings to mind the fleeting nature of time and all the wonderful moments in life…I was moved by the sparking moments and, at the same time, extremely conscious of the passage of time.” Read more in The China Post

The winning video entry for the Global Dance Contest is an extract from the full 25 minute work. Now London audiences will have the chance to see a longer version at Sadler’s Wells Sampled on 30 & 31 January 2010.
Tickets go on sale on 7 December. More details/online booking

All entries can still be seen at

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