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Li Chiao-Ping

Dance Department
School of Education
133 Lathrop Hall
1050 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706-1304
Office: 608/263-5735
Curriculum Vitae

Li Chiao-Ping, Artistic Director of Li Chiao-Ping Dance, was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to watch” and makes work for the stage, screen, and other sites for individuals and organizations around the country. She has choreographed for musical theater, opera, and ballet, in addition to concert dance, dance theater, and screen dance and creates works for dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Ms. Li earned her Master’s degree from UCLA and was on faculty at Mills College, the Director of the Hollins College Dance Program, and the former Chair of the UW-Madison Dance Department, where she continues to teach. She formed Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 1990 and co-directed the SF-based Dziga Vertov Performance Group with Douglas Rosenberg from 1992-94.

Collaborations with visual artist/director Douglas Rosenberg include several dance films, which have aired on public television and screened around the world. She has had the pleasure of dancing original solos created for her by Cynthia Adams, Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Molissa Fenley, Joe Goode, Heidi Latsky, Victoria Marks, Bebe Miller, Daniel Nagrin, Sally Silvers, Gus Solomons jr., Elizabeth Streb, June Watanabe, and Mel Wong. She is the subject of two documentaries, The Men’s Project and Women Dancing. “Seven Solos: A Documentary”, directed by Douglas Rosenberg, was selected to premiere in the Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York and at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Her latest screen dance work “daughter” screened in the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival and was selected as one the “best of the fest” and has been curated into numerous festivals throughout the United States.

A recipient of numerous awards, grants and honors, including several grants from the NEA and awards from the Asian Pacific Women’s Network, National Arts Association, and the Los Angeles Arts Council first prize awards for performance and choreography. Li was the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and has received choreographic distinctions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Dance Council, Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. She is honored to be a former two-time Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery Fellow, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and an Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award recipient. Other honors and awards include: Arts Legacy distinction by Madison Magazine (2018), ADF Alumni Choreography Panelist (2018), McKnight Foundation Choreography Fellowship panelist (2017), nominator for United States Artists (USA) Fellowships awards (2017), Fulbright Specialists Roster designee and a Fulbright Specialist Peer Reviewer (since 2016). She received the Bartell Award in the Arts, recognizing her dedication to reaching beyond the campus and into the greater community with her work, as well as a 2015 School of Education Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, for her contributions to the UW-Madison School of Education. Other honors include the Romnes Award, the Creative Arts Award from the Arts Institute, and the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts. She was recently awarded a Vilas Research Professorship, one of the highest honors bestowed by the university and one of two artists to ever receive one, and a prestigious MAP Fund grant for her collaborative project with visual artist Douglas Rosenberg titled LANDED, an evening-length multimedia work about immigration with a cast of 12 performers, which has performed and toured to four cities, including: Madison (WI), Ames (IA), Norfolk (VA), and New York (NY). Her work has been shown at numerous national and international festivals such as the National ACDFA concert at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, The Yard, Internacional Festival de Video Danza, World Dance Alliance, and the American Dance Festival among others, as well as at such prominent theaters as Dance Place, the Walker Art Center, Tempe Center for the Arts, Highways Performance Space, Theater Artaud, The Yard, Symphony Space, DTW, P.S. 122, and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. She is the creator of The Extreme Moves Training MethodSM/TM.

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