Wu Yandan // China
In 2004 Wu Yandan (Artistic name nunu kong) graduated from a unique 4-year program (the only comprehensive contemporary dance program ever in China) founded by Yang Mei Qi at the Beijing Dance Academy, She began her choreographic career with the Shanghai-based experimental performance collective Zuhe Niao which she co-founded in 2005, with their first physical theater piece-Tongue’s Memory of Home which successfully captured the ZKB Patronage Prize at the Theaterspektakel in Zurich in 2oo6. Following the success of her work with Zuhe Niao, nunu established her own independent project brand nu Dance in 2007 which is one of the few platforms for cultural exchange in the field of independent dance in China, With her natural engagement and artistic insight she has produced vital new creations and productions, performing them internationally, and presenting Chinese young artists beyond the underground. She was the winner of the Dutch Doen Foundation in 2007, in 2008 she was the first ever theatrical talent winner of the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation, and has received the American Gluck Art Research Fund twice in 2011 and 2013. Nunu received an ACC(Asian Cultural Council) fellowship for a six month long art research practicing plan to explore the boundary between performance art and dance in the U.S. in 2015. Looking to the future she will study and learn the latest breakthrough trends in the performing arts and dance.