Dancer Ku Ming-shen
Time glides on, and life’s curtain rises and falls, while the stars keep eternal watch in the heavens. A single backward glance makes everything clear. In contact improvisation, she has found enlightenment.
Ku Ming-shen is a professional dancer and choreographer who vows never to retire. She holds a master’s degree in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has devoted herself to training young dancers, serving as dean of the School of Dance and chairwoman of the Graduate Institute and Department of Dance at Taipei National University of the Arts.
Ku & Dancers, founded in 1993 to choreograph and present modern dance, have performed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, Australia, France, the UK, and mainland China. Over the years, they have been actively promoting the methods and concepts of improvisation and contact improvisation. They are the only professional dance group in Taiwan that is dedicated to contact improvisation.
Ku & Dancers organize the “i·dance Taipei” festival, regularly engaging in creative exchanges with dancers from Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan. Through contact improvisation, they have brought Taiwan into touch with the wider world and have helped establish the country’s prestige in this field of improvisational dance in Asia.