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YIN MEI is a choreographer, dancer, and director known for her work that fearlessly bridges geographic, technological, artistic, and cultural divides. With a unique dance style employing Chinese energy direction and spatial principles, her work explores themes of artistic and spiritual significance arising at the intersection between Asian traditional performance and Western contemporary dance. Yin Mei was born in China and started her professional career in traditional Chinese dance during the Cultural Revolution. Joining a leading state dance company at the age of fourteen, she was trained in Chinese traditional dance and Peking opera dance. Before coming to the United States to study modern dance on a grant from the Asian Cultural Council, she was a professional dancer with the Henan Song and Dance Troupe and later a principal dancer with the Hong Kong Dance Company, where she danced leading roles in the traditional Chinese dance repertoire. She is now a professor and the Director of dance at Queens College, City University of New York. Her choreography has been hailed by critics as “theatrical magic” (New York Times) and as inhabiting “the tremulous space where dreams and memory reside” (Village Voice). Yin Mei herself is described as a “dancer of exquisite lyricism and delicacy” (New York Times) and “a stunning presence, bringing her classical Chinese training and aesthetic into a blend with her adopted Downtown sensibilities with refined grace” (Dance Insider).

She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Choreography Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, is a Fulbright Scholar, and has been nominated twice for a Cal-Arts Alpert Award in Choreography. Her productions have been supported multiple times by grants from Rockefeller MAP, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project, Creative Capital, Meet the Composer, Live Music for Dance, Greenwall Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. Yin Mei’s recent works include Antonioni in China (2013) at the Asia Society in NY, in collaboration with Fei Bo and composer Bora Yoon; The Seven Sages of Bamboo Grove (2012) for the Hong Kong Dance Company, in collaboration with director Jay Scheib; opera Nixon in China (2012) at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, with director Chen Shizheng;, A Scent of Time, an evening-length ballet for the Beijing Dance Academy, China; and City of Paper (2010) at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has also collaborated with the Ningbo Dance Company to reimagine a traditional Chinese Dance Drama, The Red Dress (2014), which was performed at Lincoln Center David Koch Theater. Yin Mei’s work has also been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, City Center Fall for Dance, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), Columbia Dance Center Chicago, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Bates Dance Festival (ME), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), and more.