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   Upcoming Performance

                                                                   Supported by Aaron Davis Hall




World Premiere 

Choreographer: Xiang Xu,

Rehearsal Assistant: Heidi Yu (Hyung Ji Yu)

Performers: Jonathan Colafrancesco, Gabrielle DiNizo

Length: 1hour and 20 minutes   

Address: Aaron Davis Hall (115 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10027) 

Date: Friday, September 3rd, 2023, at 7 PM


 Tickets Coming Out Soon      

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XY is an endeavor by contemporary choreographer and professor Xiang Xu to build a new dance language based on merging Asian philosophies and Asian body aesthetics into Western contemporary dance. This dance work focuses on discovering the philosophical concept of human self-awareness, which allows the audience to self-reflect and discovers themselves as human beings and how we see the world as a duality. Furthermore, XY explores the creation and performance of a new aesthetic balance between East and West, it also combines the internal world between males and females based on different cultural inferences. As a multicultural dance piece, I strive to discover inherent body languages based on social relationships and how these intangible movements play a roles between humans and the society.

Humanity is at the forefront of my choreographic exploration. Throughout my piece, discovery and reflection will be frequent states of mind as viewers will rethink the relationships between dance and humans alongside the transformation towards human philosophy. It is my desire to create art that not only expresses emotion or activities, but rather challenges and drives people to transition from denial towards self-awareness. 


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NuWa (女媧)


NuWa (女媧) is the mother goddess of Chinese mythology who repaired the Pillars of Heaven. She felt an indescribable loneliness and created the first human inspired by her own image reflected in the water. 

Choreographer: Jessica Chen

Associate Choreographer: Xiang Xu

Dancers: Chieh Hsiung and Sumire Ishige

Composer: PaprTape

Costume Designer: Lui Konno


August 19, 2022 at 6:30pm EST (Premiere) 

Arts on Site; 12 St Marks Place, Studio 3R; New York, New York 10003 

NuWa (女媧) is performed as part of We Belong Here: AAPI Festival, a fully presented opportunity for choreographers that identify with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, hosted by Arts On Site as part of their ARTS IN SITE, a performance series bringing underrepresented artists into view.

* This work is made possible through the Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund, Amerivision Inc, and an ongoing residency at the Museum of Chinese in America. 

Spring Concert 2022 Presented by  Department of Dance Towson University  


“Embrace” highlights a vibrant series of dance works, uplifting the unique thoughts, bodies, voices, and means of expression of the Spring 2022 Towson University Dance Company. Featured choreographers include TU faculty members Tracie Burton-Hooper, Nicole A. Martinell, Caitlin McAfee, Vincent E. Thomas, and Caroline Rocher Barnes and special guest choreographer, Xiang Xu. 


Spring 2022 Concert on Tour

The works you are about to witness represent JMU Dance at its best, with pieces by nationally-recognized guest artists and faculty members. The goal of this concert has been to envision where JMU Dance can go, while honoring the work and community that helped us arrive at this moment. You will see five choreographic works showcase the wide range of talents our students possess, and I hope that you will be inspired by the artistry and professionalism demonstrated by the dancers throughout this challenging and demanding concert.

Guest Choreographers:

Ricky Ruiz

Xiang Xu

JMU Faculty Choreographers:

Ryan Corriston

Shane O’Hara

Matt Pardo

WHEN: Saturday - April 23, 2022 

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Dogtown Dance Theatre 109 W.15th St, Richmond VA 23224 

TICKETS:  $20 General Admission, $15 Students

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Born in Rice 
Choreographer: Xiang Xu
Thursday 15 August 2019 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Cambodian National Arts Center 

SHOW ALERT // J CHEN PROJECT presents We Belong Here: AAPI Dance Festival

We hope you will join us as we reunite and connect in solidarity through dance, art, and expression. These programs will present J CHEN PROJECT repertory along with featuring a total of 8 Asian-American choreographic voices. We want to use this opportunity to amplify the AAPI arts community and celebrate these artists.

Co-produced by Midheaven Network hosted as a hybrid experience at Arts On Site, nestled in Manhattan’s iconic St. Mark’s Place.

Program A

August 20 at 6:30p and 8:30p

August 21 at 7:30p

Xiang Xu

Jesse Obremski

Mary-Angela Granberry



Vessels Bearing  
Choreographer: Xiang Xu

Murch 9-10 2019, at 7.30 pm 

Joffrey Academy of Dance 

Cultural Kaleidoscope Festival

Pangaea Dance Series C

Safe Room

Choreographed by Xiang Xu, Heidi Yu

 Address: Hudson Guild Theater

441 W 26th St, New York NY 10001 

Date: Saturday, June 9th, 8 PM                   Thursday, June 14th, 7 PM



"Fast Forward" Dance Series


Choreographed by Xiang Xu, Heidi Yu

Theater: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NY 10002

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 7:30 PM




LGBTQ Voices
Site-Specific Dance
Choreographed, Performed by Xiang Xu
Address:  Queens Center Mall, 2FL Starbucks (90-15 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373)
Date: Monday, May 14th, 5:30 PM ​Tickets: FREE (No RSVP Required)

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