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CHEN Wu-Kang X Jérôme BEL2020-19th Performing Arts Award

CHEN Wu-Kang was born in Kaohsiung in 1978. In 2001, he started working as a dancer for New York-based choreographer Eliot Feld, which evolved into a twelve-year collaboration that had a tremendous influence on him. In 2004. He co-founded the dance company HORSE with his friends, for which he has served as the artistic director until today. In 2011, he began collaborating with artists from different fields to produce interdisciplinary works, including Successor that combined exhibition and performance as well as the serial improvisation project known as “Primal Chaos – Dance × Sound Improvisation.” He is the recipient of the Taishin Art Awards – Performing Art Award in 2007, with his work Velocity. In 2009, he served as the dance director for the opening ceremony of the 2009 Summer Deaflympics. In 2012, he became the laureate of the Kurt Jooss Preis in Germany, winning the Grand Prize with his work 2 Men.

Jérôme BEL adopts a structuralist approach to create his work, foregrounding fundamental elements in theatrical spectacles and utilizing the distance produced by choreographic vocabularies to reduce his work to a minimalist form. Later, he shifted his focus on dance to a stage practice. His works have been featured or performed at various prestigious institutions, among which are Tate Modern, the 13th Documenta, Le Louvre, etc. He is the recipient of the 2005 Bessie Award in New York and the 2008 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity. His Disabled Theater was selected into the Theatertreffen in Berlin in 2013 and was awarded the Swiss Present-day Dance Creation Prize.

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