A freelance dance practitioner based in London, Jia-Yu started her training in Peking Opera and ballet in Taiwan in the 80s. She went on to study contemporary dance in the US in 1989 and began her career performing, training, teaching and making in Taiwan, USA, Canada and UK, touring internationally with Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance Theatre, La Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Retina Dance Company.
She has received grants, bursaries and commissions to create original choreographies from institutions in the UK and Taiwan. Since gaining her MA in Choreography from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015, she has collaborated with writers, philosophers and visual artist and sperformed in site-specifics and film and galleries, in addition to performing and making in conventional theatre venues. she has participated in works by Rosemary Lee, Carolyn Deby, Grace Schwindt, Tino Sehgal, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins and Trajal Harrell; co-produced and performed with writer Chris Meade in Nearly, and toured My Postmodern, a lec-dem performance in Taiwan. Jia-Yu is developing a research and performance approach in her dance practice, taking performing as a way to further the enquiry into diverse subject matters. Since 2013, She has presented a full evening length work, The Panel in 2014 at Chelsea Theatre, gallery based performances: Re: Remember The Dance and Found at The Hundred Years Gallery .
Jia-Yu teaches technique, performance and choreography in a wide range of contexts including secondary, higher education, dance majors and professional classes. Since 2011 she has been dance specialist in SEN schools across London.
Choreography (MA), London Contemporary Dance School, London, UK (2014)
Modern Dance (BFA), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (1992)
Dance (Diploma), National Taiwan Academy of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan 國立藝專(1986)
Snakes, Jia-Yu and Owen Ridley-DeMonick launch this collaboration to assert the value of our age and ethnicities in art; our notion of self-reliance and determination as performers; and our unique ways of presenting subject matters related to our bodies. The project was presented as work in progress performances in Chinese Arts Now festival on 21 Jan. 2019, Tanzhaus, Zurich residency 18 - 28 February and Chisenhale Dance’s Future Friday on 17 May 2019
Case Studies of Joint Action (2015) A site based performance project in collaboration with philosopher Thomas Smith. Presented as part of Manchester Community Festival, July 2015
The Lived Body (2014) Duet, 20 minutes. It will be presented as part of Agony Art, November 2014.
The Panel (2014) A full length dance performance piece for 8 performers. Presented as part of Chelsea Fresh Blood on 8th and 9th July 2014 at Chelsea Theatre, London. The Panel has received funding from Arts Council England.
Found (2014) A collaboration between sound artist Annelie Nederberg and performance maker Jia-Yu Corti. The piece seeks to conceptualise the impact of our relationship to sound, words and objects available in our environment.
Re: Remember The Dance (2014) A solo performance work in response to a sculpture by Jill Rock. The choreography was inspired by painting, La Jeunesse de Bacchus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau and incorporated text from The Analysis of Performance Art by Anthony Howell. Presented at Hundred Years Gallery.
Untitled (2013) An interdisciplinary performance project that explores the idea of memory and narrative as elements which are internal and intrinsic to the body and the sense of self. Presented as work in progress at Chisenhale Dance Space.
My Postmodern, A Lecture Demonstration(2013) A 50 minute solo performative lecture demonstration combining words, movement, sound, film projection and audience interaction. Presented in National Taiwan University of Arts, Tainan University of Technology, National Taipei University of Physical Education, National Taiwan University of Physical Education.
Nearly (2013) 20 minutes. A collaboration between dancer and writer; Jia-Yu Corti and Chris Meade. The piece presents a nearlyological exploration of what ifs, not yets and didn’t quites. Presented as part of Agony Arts at Chisenhale Dance Space; Literary Lounge, as part of the Jewish Book Week at Kings Place London in February 2013.
Shadows of Intimacy (2011) 20 minutes. A multidisciplinary dance production integrating computer technology, visual art and dance improvisation to explore the ‘shadowy’ and unfamiliar aspects of the self.’ In collaboration with Robert Anderson, Kathy Crick, Betty Nigianni and Henry Suryo. As part of my MA research project at Stdio 2, The Place, London.
Reminiscences (2011) 20 minutes. 16 dancers. Employing the mnemotechnic principles, the dance traces the individual journeys of the performers as they enter inside the memory house and reveal the contents of their construction. Presented at Michaelis Dance Theatre, Froebel College, Roehampton University, London.
Silver (2010) 18 minutes. This quartet seeks to capture a sense of structure and wholeness, and eventually a new transformative meaning by the slow and spontaneous emergence of the process. Presented as part of the LCDS MA choreography project at Robin Howerd Dance Theatre, The Place.
With Eurydice (2009) 10 minutes. Solo, presented as part of LCDS MA choreography project, at Studio 2, The Place; Greenwich Dance Agency; University of Bedfordshire. Commissioned and funded by Stepping East programme, Step Out Arts in 2010.
Yamamba (2005) 20 minutes. A duet inspired by the Japanese Noh play Yamamba (The Mountain Crone). Music composed by Angie Armitadgiaja. Funded by Arts Council England, East. Presented at The Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; The Junction, Cambridge; Resolution!06, The Place.
The Left Chamber (2004) A 17 minutes dance performance piece for 6 performers. Commissioned by Cloud Gate II and presented as part of TransAsia Choreographers’ Network Presentation at TNUA Performing Arts Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
Foreign Methods (2003) A 20 minute dance performance piece for 4 dancers. Funded by Arts Council England, East, Choreographic Forum, ROH. Presented at Clore Studio, ROH; The Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Cambridge Drama Centre, Cambridge.
Jostle(2003) A 15 minute Trio. Presented at Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Cambridge Drama Centre.
The Onion House(2002) A 15 minute solo inspired by Kate Bass’s poem, The Onion House. Funded by Awards for Artists programme from DanceEast & East England Arts. Presented at Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich ; Resolution!03 The Place; Arts Depot, London.
The tremble, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, La Casa Encendida, Mardid, 3 Feb 2019
The Conspiracy of Performances, Trajal Harrell: MUDAM Luxembourg 10-11/11/2018
The Boxer, Grace Schwindt, Kentish Town Forum, 4 Oct 2018
The Squash, Anthea Hamilton, Tate Britain Duveen Gallery Commission (22 Mar. - 7 Oct. 2018)
The Show Must Go On, Jerome Bel with Candoco Dance Company, (Paris tours 4-19 Dec. 2017, UK tours Mar.-May 2015)
urbanflows (rivercities, you were here) Sirenscrossing/Carolyn Deby, sitebased performance events, Coventry (10-13 Oct 2017)
Tunguska Event, Vadim Zakharov, Whitechapel Gallery, London (21, 22 Sep. 2017)
Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie, A Performance Exhibition, Trajal Harrell, Barbican Art Gallery, London (19 Jul. - 13 Aug. 2017)
The tremble, the symptom, the swell, the hole together, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Migros Museum, (excerpt, Zurich 24, 25 Mar. 2018; excerpt, Palais de Tokyo, Paris 21-23 Apr. 2017; Chisenhale Gallery, London Jan.-Mar. 2017)
Occassion, as part of Tate Live - 10 days and 6 nights, Isabel Lewis, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London (24 Mar.-2 Apr. 2017)
These Associations, Tino Sehgal, (Tate Modern, London 2012; Palais de Tokyo, Paris Oct-Dec 2016)
The Shake, Simonetta Alessandri, TripSpace, London (May 2016)
Found, Jia-Yu Corti, Hundred Years Gallery, London (2014)
Re: Remember The Dance, Jia-Yu Corti, Hundred Years Gallery, London (2014)
Untitled, Jia-Yu Corti, Chisenhale Dance Space(2013)
There May be Trouble Ahead-An Experiment as part of The Big 30celebrations of Chisenhale Dance Space (2013)
My Postmodern-A Lecture Demonstration, Jia-Yu Corti - Taiwan tour (2013)
Reading from A Ribbon, Grace Schwindt Void Gallery, London Derry, Northern Ireland (2012)
Glass and Honey, Grace Schwindt - Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2012) Thecitythecitythecity site specific performance, Carolyn Deby - University College London (2012)
Square Dances site specific, Rosemary Lee, as part of Dance Umbrella, Gordon Square, London (2011) Tenant, film, Grace Schwindt (2011)
With Eurydice, Jia-Yu Corti, Greenwich Dance Agency, Bedforshire University Theatre(2010); The Place (2009)
Improvisation performance with Seke Chimutengwende, Zoë Solomons and Trio Voltaire (2009)
Research and performance project with Kirstie Simpson & Nihn Lê Quan, WinLab - Siobhan Davies Studio (2008)
IN/OUT Improvisation Performance with Simonetta Alessandri - Chisenhale Dance Space (2008)
Yamaba, Jia-Yu Corti - The Place Theatre (2006), The Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; The Junction, Cambridge (2005)
Foreign Methods, Jia-Yu Corti - Cambridge Drama Centre, Cambridge; The Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (2003)
The Onion House, Jia-Yu Corti - Cambridge Drama Centre, Cambridge; The Place Theatre, London; Arts Depot, London
Former Member of -
Retina Dance Company, London, UK (98-99)
La Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Montreal, Canada (95-98)
Bob Eisen Dance, Chicago, USA (94-95)
Jan Erkert & Dancers, Chicago, USA (94-95)
Hedwig Dances Performance Company, Chicago, USA (93-95)
Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA (92-93)
Joe Goode Performance Group, San Franscisco, USA (93)
Commissions & Residencies
2014 Chelsea Theatre, London
2014 Roehampton University, London
2014 Paf, France
2013 Hornsey Library, London - research residency for Nearly
2011 The Place - Choreodrom, Directed research with Lyn Snelling and Guy Cools
2011 Roehampton University - Commission of Performance project, Reminiscences
2010 StepOut Arts - Bursary for With Eurydice
2008 Surrey University - Residency for Convergence
2007 Siobhan Davies Dance Studio - The Jerwood Bank Project
2007 Ricochet Dance Project, research with Suprato Suryodarmo
2004 Cloud Gate Dance Company II and NTUA, Taiwan - TransAsia Choreographers’ Workshop
2003 Clore Studio, Royal Opera House, Arc Dance Company - Choreographic Forum for Foreign Methods
Awards & Fundings
2014 GFA, Arts Council England, London
2010 Stepping East Project development bursary - Step Out Arts
2009 The Excellence Fund for PG Choreography - London Contemporary Dance School
2007 The Jerwood Bank Project - Siobhan Davies Dance
2005 Grant from Arts Council England, East
2003 Grant from Arts Council England, East
2002 Funding from Awards for Artists Programme, DanceEast & East England Arts
1995 Ruth Page Dance Achievement Award - Chicago Dance Coalition, USA
1990 Orchesis award for Performance - Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah, USA
2013 - OpenLab for professional dancers - Chisenhale Dance Space
2013 - Nearly Dancing and Writing workshop - Hornsey Library
2013 - Choreography workshops - Dance Department, National Taiwan University of Arts
2013 - Creative process, a movement workshop for artists - Tainan University of Arts, Taiwan
2011 - present - Creative Dance for SEN schools
2011 - 12 - Contemporary Dance in secondary education - Feltham Community College
2012 - Contemporary and Improvisation - Siobhan Davies Studio
2011 - Professional Contemporary dance - Greenwich Dance Agency
2011 - Performance and creative workshop (leading to performance project) - Roehampton University
2009 - Movement consultant for Kazzum Theatre (production: Beginning With Blobs…)
2006 - 09 – HE1, 2 Contemporary technique, University of Surrey
2006 - 09 – HE1 Choreography, University of Surrey
2007 – Chinese Language and Movement Workshops for Primary schools, London
2003-06 - Contemporary (beginning & advanced) and creative dance workshops, Queen’s College, Cambridge University
2005 – Contemporary, Boys United, Youth performance group, Ipswich
2005- Contemporary for ballet scholars, 11 – 18 year olds, Ipswich
2002-03 - Contemporary classes (open) - Grace Dance, Bury St. Edmonds; DanceEast, Ipswich; King Slocombe Dance School, Cambridge
2003 - Creative dance workshop for teaching staff - Melbourn Village College
1998 - Contemporary Class (Professional) - Suffolk Dance, Ipswich
1996-97 - Master Classes for La Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Mexico and Canada
Dance Training -
Flying Low & passing through - David Zambrano
Release based classes - Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown Company workshop, Jeremy Nielsen, Gill Clarke, Siobhan Davies Dance Company
Modern dance in USA - Jan Erkert, Shirley Mordine, Janice Garrett, Joe Goode, Della Davidson, Douglas Nielsen.
Movement & Performance – Suprato Suryodarmo, Wendy Houstoun
Klein Technique - Diane Madden, Jeremy Nielsen, Barbara Mahler, Wally Cardona.
Contact improvisation - Martin Keough, Andrew Hardwood, K J Holmes, Kirstie Simson, Steve Paxton, Bob Eisen.
Improvisation - Miranda Tufnell, Eva Karczag, Rosemary Butcher, Marie Chouinard, Jan Erkert, Joe Goode, Rosemary Lee, Bebe Miller, Shirley Ririe, Joan Woodbury.
Jazz - Hubbard Street Dance Studio, Chicago.
Butoh - Koichi Tamano.
Cunningham technique - Margaret Jenkins, Dian Frank (San Francisco).
Limon technique & repertory- Limon Dance Company (New York).
Ballet - Sally Streets, Sharee Lane, Mark Borchelt, Bene Arnold, Ballet West Summer school, Li Dan, Sue-Fen Wu, Ing-Pi Jiang.
Graham technique - Susan McLain-Smith, Cloud Gate Dance Company
Chinese classical dance, Martial arts & World dance
Creative Process: Sue MacLennan, Tere O’Connor, Rosemary Butcher, Goat Island
Dance Theatre: Theatre and Performance with Goat Island Performance Group, Sam Louwyck (Berlin), Joe Goode performance Group (San Francisco)
Composition: Mateo Fargion, Real Time Composition: João Fiadeiro, Kim Brandstrup, Tandy Beal, Phyllis Haskell, Shirley Ririe, Joan Woodbury
Workshop with Complicité (2013)
CityLit, Introduction to Acting (2008)
Somatic techniques -
Skinner Releasing - Stephanie Skura (2013/4)
BMC - K. J. Holmes (2007), RoseAnne Spradlin (2008)
Authentic Movement - Susan Schell (2009)
Yoga - (ongoing) Giovann Felicioni
Body Mind Centering - RoseAnne Spradlin
Laban Movement Analysis - Janice Meaden
Dance Kinesiology - Sally Fitt
Teaching Methods - Anne Riordan, Shirley Ririe
Rhythmic Analysis - Jon Scoville
Costume Design - Ching-Yi Ma
Dance Production - Deward Wilson
Library assistant - LCDS
Translation (Chinese-English) - Exchange Scholar report
Language Interpreting and translating (English-Chinese) - Beijing Dance Academy’s UK visits
Translation (English - Chinese) - Lecture notes, Valuing Practice and Practicing Values 探讨实践舞蹈练习的价值,
Translation (English - Chinese) - An overview of dance in Primary and Secondary schools in England,
Translation (English - Chinese) -History of Laban Institute, Rambert Dance School, Laine Theatre Arts,
Translation (English - Chinese) - Programme notes for Billy Elliot,
Consecutive Interpreting (English-Chinese) - Beijing Dance Academy UK academic lectures and visits
Chinese Language and Movement Workshops for Primary schools across the South East London Mandarin - Chinese Culture & Language School, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA