Taiwanese filmmaker Singing Chen conveys her long-term social observations through documentaries and feature dramas. Her approach uses magical realism to highlight the absurdity of reality and the structural problems in the society. Solidly constructed and fast-paced, her films deliver subtle emotion and well-rounded, dynamic characters. Chen’s work has been screened and nominated at a number of festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Horse Awards, the Busan International Film Festival, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, the Taipei Film Festival, the Kaohsiung Film Festival, and the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. Chen also produces scores for theatre works and films.
Born in Taiwan, Chou started his dance training at the age of 10, and began his artistic career as an independent choreographer in his 20s. Through dance, he re-examines his own life, connecting dance and body with environment and society. He has performed his choreography or taken part in artist residencies at Fall for Dance Festival in New York, Internationale Tanzmesse in Germany, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, and Festival d’Avignon OFF and Le Collectif Essonne Danse in France. He has also created commissions for Hong Kong Arts Festival and Taiwan National Theater and Concert Hall. He co-founded Horse Dance Company in 2004 and established Shu-Yi & Dancers in 2011 to explore further connections between art and society. In recent years, Chou’s work has focused on exploring the vocabulary of Asian bodies.