Week #2: Verb Ballets with BodyEDT (of Taiwan)
Verb Ballets with BodyEDT (of Taiwan)
FUSE: Explorations from Taiwan and Cleveland
Following an international tour in Taiwan, Verb Ballets returns to feature a dynamic evening of bold artistry highlighting the company’s unique style—with Ming-Cheng Lee, the artistic director and creator of BodyEDT. These performances will combine tradition, installations, digital, technology and instrumental music. Made possible by the Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Program.
Ming-Cheng Lee graduated from the Department of Dance – Taipei National University of the Arts (BFA) and the Graduate School of Dance – Taipei National University of the Arts (MFA), with a major in Choreography. After completing further education at New York University on a full scholarship obtained through the recommendation of Mr. Lin Hwai-Min, Ming-Cheng Lee returned to his home country and founded BodyEDT, serving as the art director of the dance group and the main creator, starting his career in art creation. During this period of time, Ming-Cheng Lee released over 10 full-length works and was invited to perform in the Festival d’Avignon of France, Malaysia International Dance Festival, Singapore Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the UK and Musée Quai Branly in France. His works have been nominated and awarded including the Creative Award, Taishin Art Award, Taipei Digital Art Award, and dance and technology research awards from the Ministry of Culture. Verb Ballets is honored to host Creative Fusion Artist-in-Residence, Ming-Cheng Lee funded by The Cleveland Foundation.
Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance. Critics have hailed Verb Ballets as, “Dashes preconceptions… with keen dramatic power.” – The Plain Dealer, “(Verb) is dance magnifique.” – The Examiner, “confident and polished, Verb’s dancers shone” – Dance International Magazine. Verb Ballets cultivates dance appreciation and nurtures wellness through movement in community dance classes, school residencies, senior outreach, library programs, master classes and college course partnerships. Verb Ballets has also been named one of Five Great Tiny Troupes in America by Dance Magazine and was one of the 25 dance companies in America to watch. verbballets.org
“Verb brings the heat” – Mark Horning of AXS
“dancers – move with great athleticism and complexity”- The Plain Dealer
“Make a serious effort to capture one of these sought after tickets…” – Examiner.com