Director and choreographer Yin Mei (NYC) will develop a visual and performance art project inspired by her own and other women’s experiences as children during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Incorporating AI-based motion-capture technologies, the project seeks to locate calligraphy within the broad frame of conceptual art, representing the human body in a form abstracted from narrative intentions.
Yin Mei is a director, choreographer, and visual artist known for creating dance theater works that fearlessly bridge geographic, technological, artistic, and cultural divides to conjure a unique brand of theatrical imagination.
Having forged a dance style employing Chinese energy direction and spatial principles as a means of creating contemporary dance theater, she is dedicated to exploring themes of artistic and spiritual significance arising at the intersection between Asian traditional performance and Western contemporary dance. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in 2005; she was twice a Choreography Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004, and twice nominated for a Cal-Arts Alpert Award in Choreography. Her work has been supported by grants from virtually all of the leading dance/arts funding organizations, including Rockefeller MAP, New England Foundation/National Dance Project, Creative Capital, and the NEA, among others.