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just above the surface

Just Above the Surface – Choreographer Yin Yue

Created as part of a residency program commissioned by Western Michigan University, this world premiere explores the electric connection of human interaction--the sensations that pull people together or apart. Conceptually rooted in Yue’s unique movement, the work showcases each of the dancers communicating a story through non-traditional narratives atop a simultaneously buzzing and complex musical undercurrent. The work is conceptually rooted in Yue’s powerful movement, often inspired by her Chinese heritage, without adhering to a traditional narrative.


Artistic Director Yin Yue of YY Dance Company is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she trained rigorously in technically-demanding and highly-structured Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as classical ballet technique at Shanghai Dance School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University, equipping her with performance credits that spanned festivals and showcases throughout China. After further pursuing her MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained recognition as a unique and exceptional talent among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique FoCo Technique that soon caught the attention of the dance industry and was taught by Yin Yue around the world. 


Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies as well as other companies and organizations namely Pennsylvania Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Alberta Ballet, Balletto Teatro di Torino, Gibney Dance Company, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Whim W’him, Bruce Wood Dance, Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Boston Dance Theater, 10 Hairy Legs, New Dialect, Backhausdance, Tisch School of The Arts, George Mason University, Rutgers University, Point Park University, West Michigan University and Juilliard School for Dance, . She was also awarded First Place in Choreography at National Professional Dance Competition in Shanghai, China, 92Y Harkness Dance 2016-2017 Artist In Residence, Emerging Choreographer of 2015 at Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation. Her work has been recognized and presented by festivals such as Schrit_tmacher Festival in Aachen, Germany, SummerStage, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside Out, Open Doors Dance Festival in Iowa City, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe's Pub and by venues such as BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), Peridance Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more. 

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