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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
January 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; open to all. Light lunch provided.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Over the past five years, Hsiao-Tzu Tien has developed a series of performances that explore her fundamental artistic process in choreographing modern dance works: How can the human body express emotions and imagination? More than performances, her productions explore the psychophysical process in which emotions and feelings are generated and their direct connection with the materiality of the human body.

For her Ruby Friday presentation, Hsiao-Tzu will discuss her process and analyzes the connections between the production and her own personal experiences as a young Taiwanese female artist working both inside and outside of her culture.

Hsiao-Tzu will be working with Theater Studies Professor Torry Bend and Humanities Unbounded Fellow Craig Quintero on the production of “The Forgotten” that will premiere at the Reynolds Theatre from April 18-20, 2020. Auditions for the performance are January 23-24. For more information, please contact

About the Speaker

Hsiao-Tzu Tien, courtesy the artist.

Hsiao-Tzu Tien is a freelance choreographer, dancer, and performer. Her works have premiered at the Taipei Arts Festival, Dance Massive (Melbourne), and the America Dance Festival. Her performances of The Hole and Stem were presented at Avignon Off, Shenzhen Contemporary Theatre Biennale, and the Dance Bridges Festival (Kolkata). Her production of The Hole was nominated for the Taishin Arts Award in 2015. In 2016, she was selected by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture for the artist residency program in Paris. Her most recent work, Lucid Dreams, was commissioned by Taiwan’s National Theatre and Concert Hall in 2019. Hsiao-Tzu has also collaborated with numerous choreographers and companies, including Century Contemporary Dance Company, Shu-Yi & Dancers, Mikuni Yanaihara (Japan) and Sally Richardson (Australia). Since 2014, she has been the movement designer for various theater companies, including Style Lab and Wind & Ear Studio.

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