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Live Music: Jiaoyue Lyu
Performers: Guanglei Hui, Nico Li, Yahui Lu, Erick Montes, Chihiro Shimizu, Kanako Yokota

This video was taken at the end of Yin Mei's 2014 summer residency on Martha's Vineyard. The residency was provided in support of creating Farewell My Concubine. In total, the unfinished version of the piece is 36 minutes. Also to be noted, Jay Scheib began collaboration at a later stage and is therefore not included in this version.

RED DRESS (2014)

Director: Wang Xiao Ying
Set Designer: Dai Yan Nian
Principal Dancers: Cheng Lin, Zeng Ming
Lincoln Center, March 6-9



YIN MEI work-in-progress (excerpt)
Music: Bora Yong
Text: Hansol Jung
Performers: Yin Mei & Fei Bo
Visuals: Sha Huang/David Bengali
Presenter: Rachel Cooper
Asia Society NY


Director: Chen Shi Zheng
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, April


Visuals/Dramaturgy: Jay Scheib


(5 minute excerpt)


Premiered at the Beijing Nationality Cultural Palace Theatre in December, 2010. This evening-length "post-modern ballet" was commissioned by the Beijing Dance Academy, China's leading dance school. Yin Mei choreographed this work for 36 dancers with multi-media projections and live and recorded music.


Three contemporary choreographers—Yin Mei, Dai Jian, and Kota Yamazaki—explore a Wayang-like shadow world in which light, sound, paper, masks and movement converge in a post-modern meditation on history, fact, and the mutability of human perception. Set in a digitally interactive scenographic environment, the work weaves together personal vignettes, audio/visual fragments, a complex musical soundscape, and abrupt yet sensuous movement to create a dream landscape from which the events of a single momentous year during the Chinese Cultural Revolution gradually emerge.


City of Paper at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2010:


CURSIVE (2006)

Premiered February 2006 at The Vision Festival (NY) as a version entitled Wild Grass. Mixed media solo installation/performance work performed on paper with ink. Also performed at Queens Museum Biennale and various New York City galleries under the title Ink/Paper/Body/Scent and at an exhibition at DeVos Museum, Northern Michigan University.



Sound/visual designer: Christopher Salter

Premiered March 2005 at Dance Theater Workshop (NY). Multi-media dance theater work for four performers. Toured the U.S. and was performed at Shanghai Contemporary Theater Festival.  


NOMAD: TEA (2002)

Premiered April 2002 at The Asia Society NY. Solo work with green tea powder created in collaboration with artist Wenda Gu as part of “New Way of Tea” exhibition at Asia Society Galleries.


/ASUNDER (2001)

Installation: Gai Guo-Qiang
Composer: Robert Een

Premiered May 2001 at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (NY). Evening-length intercultural dance theater work created in collaboration with Cai Guo-Qiang and Robert Een. Toured the U.S.



Composer: Tony Prabowo
Artist: Xu Bing

Premiered November 1998 at The Asia Society, NY. Evening-length dance theater work created in collaboration with Indonesian composer Tony Prabowo and MacArthur Award-winning artist Xu Bing.  Performers included Tibetan modern dancer Sang Jijia (William Forsythe Company), Jennifer Nugent (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), a Buddhist “fighting monk,” and seven Indonesian musicians performing live.  Also performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Past Works

Seeing in the Rain (2003)
Arizona State University Theatre

The Tipsy Concubine (1999)
Jerusalem Museum, Israel

Empty Bell (1997)
The Japan Society

I Move To Keep Things Whole (1997)
Mulberry Street Theater, NY

Sun/Moon/Me (1997)
Pace Downtown Theater, NY

Love Suicides at Amijima  (1996)
Chikamatsu Festival, Nagata, Japan

Book of Women (1996)
Indonesian Dance Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

Solo I & II (1996)
Movement Research at Judson Church, NY

Fan and Shakuhachi (1996)
Theater X, Tokyo, Japan

Legacies (1995)
Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors Festival, NY

Shaman (1995)
Contemporary Dance Festival, West Sumatra, Indonesia

The News (1994)
Beijing Dance Academy Theater, Beijing, China

Sacred Fire (1994)
Jakarta International Dance Festival, Indonesia

Portrait: Plunging Into the Sea (1993)
Asian Contemporary Dance Festival, La Mama ETC, NY

Threshold: A Dance Theater of Remembering and Forgetting (1990)
La Mama ETC, New York City

June Snow/Birds in Warped Time (1989)
Washington Square Theater, NY

Either Side of the Mountain (1987)
Jerusalem Museum, Israel

Listening to the Rain (1985)
City Hall Theater, Hong Kong (choreographed for Hong Kong Dance Company)

Shadow of the Moon (1985)
Prize in solo competition, International Young Choreographer’s Competition, Hong Kong