[Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills] Review| Wang Yuanyuan: To Tell A Story Through Dance


In the 6th Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills Lecture, the renowned dance artist Ms. Wang Yuanyuan shared her dance career with stories, attracting us to her world of art.


Ms. Wang Yuanyuan in the 6th Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills Lecture


From excitement and confidence to the truth and meaning of dance, Ms. Wang has always had her own perceptions on dancing, she believes that one should “dance to love, dance to happiness."


Specially Invited Host: Dr. Lin Zheng HSS


Dancing was popular for its supporting role in the 1990s, Ms. Wang, as one of the dancers, felt that this was contradictory to her ideas of dancing which should be “a necessary expression of her mind.” 


Very soon she decided to go back to school for modern dance study.  She felt that only modern dance could give her space to think, to dance for herself, and to express her thoughts. Few people know that the decision had made her a successful career, and established achievements for Beijing Dance Theater and China modern dance.


▲ Ms. Dorothy Wong, Director of University Planning and Coordination Office, and Administrative Services Office, presented a custom made souvenir to Ms. Wang Yuanyuan


Besides her dancing career, Ms. Wang also shared her insights on Chinese modern ballet and its features of abstraction and straightforwardness.


Ms. Wang believes that free creation of art could give more possibilities for the development of dancing, which is the bridge that enhances her communication with the audience and the world.


From the liberalism of the modern dance, the protection of the classics, to its convergence with the oriental thoughts, Ms. Wang brings us a rich and thought-provoking spiritual world of modern dance.


▲Ms. Wang Yuanyuan signing the posters of the 6th Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills Lecture



LecturerMs. Wang Yuanyuan



Born and raised in Beijing, Mrs. Wang Yuanyuan is one of China’s leading modern dance choreographers, founder and artistic director of Beijing Dance Theater. She is Honorary Fellow of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She holds a BFA in choreography from the Beijing Dance Academy, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts School of Dance in Los Angeles. 


In 2008, Ms. Wang with veteran stage designers founded the Beijing Dance Theater. A series of contemporary  creation - Diary of Empty Space - premiered in the same year, followed by Stirred from a Dream, Haze, Prism, The Color of Love, Martlet, Harvest, Golden Lotus(commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival), Wild Grass, Hamlet, The Nightingale and the Rose, Poison(commissioned by the Festspielhaus St. Pölten in Austria), Early Spring (commissioned by the Shanghai Opera House). 


In recognition of the excellence of her choreography, Ms. Wang is named resident choreographer for the National Ballet of China and has been invited to serve as Guest Choreographer at New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the Royal Danish Ballet, the 

Shanghai Ballet, and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


In 2017, Ms. Wang directed her first stage play, Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, which has enjoyed sold-out performances on its first domestic tour. Ms. Wang was resident choreographer for the National Ballet of China, and she has worked as guest choreographer at New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Shanghai Ballet, California Institute of the Arts, and the HKAPA. Aside from her early award as a dancer in the Paris International Dance Competition, Ms Wang has won ‘Best Choreographer’ awards at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria, the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Moscow and Shanghai International Ballet Competitions respectively, making her the 

most internationally awarded Chinese choreographer to date.


Ms. Wang has been invited to give master classes in China and abroad, at venues and institutions including the Mark Morris Dance Center, the Kennedy Center, Columbia College Chicago, Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Bonn, the National Theatre of Iceland, the Cervantino International Festival, Israeli Opera, Beijing Dance Academy, and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, among others.



“Chun Shan Ya Ju” or “Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills”, is one of the University's lecture series where the University will invite social elites in such fields as culture and arts to share with our students in form of salon or lecture to promote a discussion of thought-provoking issues or soul-searching experiences. During the lectures, everyone will have a chance to listen and respond on their world views, their aspirations, and intellectual taste in life.