Chingchi Yu in Asian Theater Festival, Manila, the Philipines, 1983
Photo credit: unknown
Chingchi Yu in Asian Theater Festival, Manila, the Philipines, 1983 Photo credit: unknown

Chingchi Yu, Artistic Director

Born and raised in Taiwan, Chingchi was in LanLing Theate, a leader in the modern theater movement in Taiwan, for seven years before relocating to California in 1986. She has had the honor to dance for choreographers Kimiko Guthrie, Aileen Kim, Eric Kupers, Colleen Mulvihill, Claudine Naganuma, Nancy Ng, and Xiao Ping Liu-Moore and was a founding member of Dandelion Dance Theater. Chingchi discovered choreography as a dance student at UC Berkeley, and upon graduating joined Unbound Spirit Dance Company as resident choreographer for many years. Her work has been presented in Dance Up Close/East Bay, Shawl Anderson Dance Salon, Dance-A-Rama, “We are Together…” Dance Concert, “Sisters and Druthers” Dance concert, Dance Is, Summer Fest, ODC Pilot, Choreographer's showcase/Foot Work, and Unbound Spirit Dance Company annual concerts. During the pandemic, Chingchi started exploring films. Her first dance film, Grove, was screened in May 2021.

Chingchi’s work is theatrical and usually has an emotional component.  Her theater experience greatly influenced her choreography, which utilizes theatrical imagery, facial expressions, pedestrian movements, and intriguing character interactions to express a potently wide range of emotions and human experience.

“Dance is a catalyst for life. I connect my body, mind and emotions through dance. It is THE tool I use to express myself, to explore, to understand the world, to share, and to connect with people."

Dance is life!