WAELI WANG is a movement artist, filmmaker, and educator. She creates interdisciplinary contemporary works interweaving personal, familial, social, and artistic contexts to investigate the human condition. Wang works with the concept of akasha, meaning the supposed universal etheric field in which a record of past events is imprinted to describe her practice of sourcing and collecting a diverse range of movement and imagery, figurative and abstract, and from the poetic personal to explore as an active artist citizen. She has toured internationally as a guest artist performing and teaching master classes in aerial dance forms. Her collaborative interdisciplinary choreography and films have shown in internationally curated performances and screenings over the last decade and continues to make work focusing on identity as a departure point. Building community, experiential learning, and a dedication to diversity are central to her art-making practice and teaching philosophy.

 

Wang holds an MFA degree in Dance from the University of California, Irvine & a BFA in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is thrilled to be joining the University of Kansas as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance in Fall 2020.

SELECTED PROJECTS & AWARDS

CHOREOGRAPHY ---

Upcoming       Coalesce. Collaboration with Virginia Munday

2020        Unsaid Sorrows. Collaboration with Katherine Lingle and Sophia Vangelatos, Synthesis VII, CA

2020        Unraveling Silk: Ethereal Incantations. Louis B. Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University, CA

2019        Big Hand. Collaboration with Morgan Embry, Experimental Media Performance Lab, University of California, Irvine

2019        Skin We Wrought. MFA Thesis Work, Experimental Media Performance Lab, University of California, Irvine

2019        Inherited. Claire Trevor Theatre, University of California Irvine

2019        Speak Memory. American College Dance Association: Baja, Adjudicated Concert, CA

2018        Living in the Tempest. Contributing Choreographer in collaboration with RISD, Irvine Barclay Theatre, CA

2017        The Streets are Burning. Claire Trevor Theatre, University of California, Irvine

2016        Danger Signals. Commissioned by Built for Collapse for Prelude Festival, Segal Center, NY

2016        Suspiria Dance Installation. Commissioned by The Creators Collective, Videology Bar & Cinema, NY

2016        Mother. Multiple exhibitions. Movement Research Lab, Eden’s Expressway, NY; WAXworks, Triskelion Arts, NY; 8 in Show, Dixon Place, NY

2016        Undead. Commissioned by Haruna Lee Theater Company, La Mama Experimental Theater Club, NY

2015        Hideaway. Contributing Choreographer for Rogue Co. Dance Company, Dairy Center of the Arts, CO

2014        Chandelier. Commissioned by Kelly Yvonne Productions for Girl Next Door, King King Hollywood, CA

2013        Hi-Yah. Juried performance for Colorado Pole Championship, The Oriental Theater, CO

2012        Saeglopur. Juried performance for United States Pole Dance Federation Championship, Symphony Space, NY

FILM ---

Upcoming    Kin/tsugi II. Collaboration with Krystal Matsuyama-Tsai. Screendance, digital

Upcoming    We. Collaboration with the dancers. Screendance, digital

Upcoming    Nostalgia’s Window. Collaboration with Charlotte Griffin and Grant Speich. Screendance, digital

2020        Chá Sī / Chasm. Experimental screendance, digital

2020        985. Experimental short, digital

2019        Calligraphy. Experimental short, 16mm, India ink

2018        Kinship. Screendance, digital

2017        A Study on Decay. Documentary, digital

2015        My Dear Miss Claire. Commissioned music video for Whiskey Autumn in collaboration with Grant Speich, Super 8 & digital

2013        What Weighs Me Down. BFA Thesis Film, 16mm

2013        Grace. Screendance, 16mm

2012        Then. Short film, 16mm

AWARDS ---

2020        Dance Cinema Award Chá Sī / Chasm, FROSTBITE International Indie Fest, Colorado Springs, CO

2020        Best Experimental Film for 985, Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

2019        Elizabeth Koehler Scholarship, Department of Dance, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine

2018        Dean’s Scholarship Award, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine

2018        Sylvia Reines Scholarship, Department of Dance, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine

2018        Graduate Research Award, “Asian Americans and Artistry,” Research & Travel Committee, University of California, Irvine

2014        Choreographer Cup Award for John Wayne Gacy, Jr., Pole Sport Organization

2014        Virgil Grillo Award for What Weighs Me Down, First Person Cinema, International Film Series, University of Colorado at Boulder

2013        Championship Award & Most Artistic Award for Hi-Yah, Colorado Pole Dance Championship

2013        Goldfarb Award, Department of Film Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder