Hsiao Tzu Tien – 田孝慈

“How can I do?”

Hsiao Tzu Tien – 田孝慈

Hsiao Tzu Tien – 田孝慈 – is a choreographer, dancer and performer Born in 1984 in Tainan, Taiwan, focusing her choreography research on human emotions shaped by time, history, culture and environment. We discuss;

  • Growing up in Tainan
  • How to choreograph
  • Collaborating with technology
  • Making the invisible, visible
  • Dancing as a verb – something to do.
  • What is the first dance step?
  • Impulse/inspiration/intuition/desire
  • “How do we tune the intuition?” And make it relevant?
  • Pre-conditions
  • Dancing for each other vs the audience
  • Thinking and feeling
  • Making it safe to ask dancers to share themselves during collaboration
  • Building a belief in the piece
  • Digital as choreographic context
  • Collaborating with virtual currency via kinetic light sculpture
  • Misusing motion-capture
  • Fighting against the digital as a way to develop choreography
  • The things that we know that we don’t even know that we know.


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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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