標題裝飾圖Artistic Director

Liu, Feng-Shueh Ph.D.

Artistic Director: Liu Feng-Shueh

Liu Feng-Shueh graduated with a degree in dance and music from National Chanbai Teachers College in 1949. From 1965 to 1966 she studied modern dance and choreography under Matsumoto and Ioguchi at Tokyo University of Education in Japan. In 1970 she went to Germany to study choreography and labanotation under Albrecht Kunst and Hans Zulich at Folkwang Hochschule. Eleven years later, she went to England to study for a doctorate at London University’s Laban Center for Movement and Dance at the University of London Goldsmiths’ College. She wrote her dissertation under the direction of L.E.R. Picken, Sc. D., F.B.A. at Cambridge University and earned her Ph.D. in 1987, becoming the first Chinese national to be awarded a doctorate in dance.

Liu Feng-Shueh has served successively as dance professor of National Taiwan Normal University, Director of Dance Department of National Taiwan Arts College and Director of National Theater and Concert Hall.

Liu Feng-Shueh has amassed five decades of experience in the field of dance. Through her philosophy of dance, choreography, research directions and methods, innovations in dance notation, and work in arts administration, she has made an immense contribution to the art of dance in Asia and profoundly influenced its development.

A pioneer of Chinese modern dance, Liu has produced a prodigious body of work distinguished by its unique blend of traditional Chinese dance movement, avant-garde spatial theory, and distinctive personal style. Her choreography has influenced the creative direction of a whole generation of choreographers and forged a new path for Chinese modern dance.

Liu Feng-Shueh has researched and reconstructed dances of Tang (618-907 A.D), Sung (960-1279 A.D.), and Ming (1368-1644 A.D.) dynasties. In 1965 and 1966, she visited the Court Music Department of Japanese Imperial Palace to research a dance that was passed down to Japan during Tang dynasty. In 1972 and again in 1984, she visited Korea to study Confucian dances introduced to that country during Sung dynasty and 15th-century Korean temple dances choreographed in the Confucian style. She recorded the findings of her research on film, and has kept and published notes in labanotation.

Among the important dances she has single-handedly revived are King of Lan Ling, The Emperor Destroys the Formations (Tang), Majesty Invests the Four Seas (Sung), Dance of the People (Ming), and Keeping the Peace (a Ming-derived Korean dance).

Liu has also researched, performed, and preserved the dance of Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes. She was involved in extensive research on this subject between 1954 and 1976, carrying out surveys on Orchid Island and throughout the mountains of Taiwan. In 1976, she videotaped the aboriginal dance performed by youths of the nine tribes.

Using labanotation, Liu has revived and preserved ancient Chinese dances and recorded her own works. She has taken part in numerous international arts conventions, where she has set forth new theories on the relation between Chinese philosophy and concepts of movement and space in Chinese dance, thus making an important contribution to the dissemination of Chinese culture and promotion of cultural exchange.

Liu, Feng-Shueh’s influence on dance education has been far-reaching. She has taught at National Taiwan Normal University and the National Taiwan Arts College for more than 30 years. Her students have continued to make significant contributions in all areas of dance, and their impact spreads out evident all over Taiwan’s educational, cultural, and artistic organizations.

In 1969, Liu won the Ministry of Education’s first Cultural Award for Dance. In 1977, she won acclaim from the Congress of Research on Dance (CORD) in the USA as an outstanding scholar of dance, and in 1991, she was the recipient of the National Cultural Award of Outstanding Contribution in the field of dance. In 1997, she won the National Culture and Arts Foundation Literary and Arts Award.

Since she began her career in dance, Liu, Feng-Shueh has choreographed more than 119 dances, all characterized by careful structure, rich body language and expansive style, and yet all the while her dances are underpinned by profound philosophical theories. With their unique use of space and distinctive Chinese movement system, her works occupy a special position in the world of dance.

In recent years, Liu, Feng-Shueh has been devoted to blending dance and technology, using computers to record dance notation and creation. Her computerized pieces include Child’s Eyes, Signs and Koalas.