It’s time to ANNOUNCE our 2022-23 Choreographer Career Development Initiative (CCDI) Choreographers! We are thrilled to share the work of these talented artists for our 15th Anniversary Season:

Jacquelyn Pritz (ATL)

Akeem Edwards (ATL)

Andre D. Lumpkin (ATL)

Lashonda Johnson (PA/ATL)

Whitney Jackson (ATL/LA)

Gwynn Root Wolford (ATL)

Xiang Xu (NYC/PA)

Billy James Hawkains III (ATL/NC)


The season is just getting started! Stay tuned as we introduce the work of these artists! And…Mark your calendars for March 24th & 25th 2023 for the premiere of pieces at the Ferst Center for the Arts…as Dance Canvas celebrates 15 years of World Premieres!!

Choreographic Residency in the Department of Dance Towson University 2022

Commissioned Piece for the Department of Dance Towson University
Choreography I Xiang Xu
Lighting Design I Jay Herzog
Costume Design I Leigh Targaryen
Cast I Towson University Dance Company

Monkey Mind

Each day our minds are abuzz with thousands of thoughts that compete for our attention and demand that we act. An ego-driven “Monkey Mind” constantly flickers between impulses rooted in love or fear. 


According to Buddhist teachings, the monkey mind refers to a state of being unsettled, restless, or confused. It emanates from the part of our brains that become easily distracted. The path to happiness and enlightened requires quieting our monkey minds.


Choreographic Residency in The School of Theatre and Dance                           James Madison University 2021

Commissioned piece for The School of Theatre and Dance, JMU
Choreography | Xiang Xu
Music Composition | Yo Yo Ma and Laurie Anderson
Lighting Design | Steven P Spera
Costume Design | Elizabeth Powell Wislar
Cast | The School of Theatre and Dance, JMU

The Bardo 

In the space between past and future, having and losing, knowing and not knowing, lies an opportunity for awakening.

Bardo is a Tibetan word that simply means a “transition” or a gap between the completion of one situation and the onset of another. Bar means “in between,” and do means “suspended” or “thrown.” Bardo is a word made famous by the popularity of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

I think of a bardo as being like a moment when you step toward the edge of a precipice; such a moment, for example, is when a master introduces a disciple to the essential, original, and innermost nature of his or her mind. The greatest and most charged of these moments, however, is the moment of death.

                                                                                              Sogyal Rinpoche




J CHEN PROJECT’s CORE Choreography Competition #C3 identifies one emerging to mid-career choreographer who will have an opportunity to create and develop an original choreographic work on JCP dancers. The winning choreographer receives a creative honorarium and a 20-hour commission residency with JCP dancers. JCP's Artistic Director Jessica Chen guides the residency. 


20120-2021 #C3 winner: Xiang Xu Xiang Xu creates a new work on J CHEN PROJECT!


Arts on Site (Studio 3R Theater)

August 20, 2021 at 6:30pm
August 20, 2021 at 8:30pm
August 21, 2021 at 7:30pm

Digital ChoreoLab Residency in Danceworks Chicago August 2020


CUNY Dance Initiative Residency 2019-2020 


Residency in Palestinian Diyar Theatre  Bethlehem, Palestine 2019                     


Rehearsal Clips 

Choreographer: Xiang Xu

It had been five weeks since working with these amazing human beings. Life teaches us how to be strong in this severe environment. I believe one day you all will see the hope of making your great nation prosperous in this land. Never give up Never step back you have given me life-changing experiences more than anything. Thank you, Palestine 

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Residency in Cambodian National Arts Center with Prumsodun Ok

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Residency in Joffrey Ballet Chicago 2019

Vessel Bearing 

Rehearsal Trailer  

Choreographer: Xiang Xu

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Residency in Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Chicago 2016