The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington is thrilled to partner with Ping Pong Productions and UW Dance Program in bringing China’s rising star female choreographer Gu Jiani to the UW campus on June 6, 2017.  This will be Gu Jiani’s only public appearance outside of her performance at the Seattle International Dance Festival; don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of China’s foremost contemporary dance stars! In Meany Hall Studio 267 from 5:00-6:30 pm, Gu Jiani will talk about her dance philosophy, which looks at patterns in how our psychological impulses lead to physical movement.  She will also give instructions of the output-transmission-input procedure of forces of circulation, through both inside-out and outside-in channels. This workshop will help attendees become aware, physically and psychologically, of what it means to be present in the moment.


About the choreographer

Originating from southern China, Gu trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance. Through exploration and self-discovery, her work focuses on the relationship between visual impact, emotional impulse and physical space. Gu previously danced with the Beijing Modern Dance Company, and has worked with such artists as Germany’s Munchner Kammerspiele on “Totally Happy” and Belgium’s Tino Sehgal in “This Variation” among others. She started to choreograph independently in 2013. Her recent project series include “Go & Nspace” and “Gu-Untitled.” Gu received awards from the 2011 and 2013 China National Centre for the Performing Arts International Choreography Competition and her works have toured throughout China. Her duet “Right & Left” was invited to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, University of Michigan, and Melbourne Festival. The Shanghai International Arts Festival “RAW” Program commissioned her recent work, “Exit,” which premiered October 13, 2016. In addition to her choreography work, Gu is a painter and also creates video and multi-media projects. She collaborated on the short film “Design for Desire” which was awarded “Best Commercial Short Film” at the 2014 London Chinese Language Film Festival. Watch an excerpt of Right & Left here:


This is a free event, seats are limited, online registration is required: