Behind The Scenes

Ballet Forum: Choreographers Yin Yue & Matthew Neenan

Expand your ballet knowledge with a brand new series of educational panels featuring special guests speaking on topics related to Pennsylvania Ballet’s new season.

Yin Yue Dance Company Founder & Artistic Director Yin Yue and Pennsylvania Ballet Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan will discuss their choreographic processes in advance of Yin Yue’s world premiere in November and Matthew Neenan’s world premiere in April. Join us for a special opportunity to hear from these choreographers as they develop brand new pieces for Pennsylvania Ballet’s 19-20 season.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

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YIN YUE

Choreographer

Yin Yue is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School, where she received rigorous training in all aspects of the technically demanding and highly structured Chinese dance. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Intent on further developing her artistic talents, Yin moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University.

After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin Yue quickly started to gain attention as a highly original choreographer and performer among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique- FoCo (FolkContemporary) Technique that soon gained the attention of the dance world. The movement style of YYDC FoCo consists of five elements: earth, wood, water, metal and fire. Each element contributes to the quality of moving and its designated body parts. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin’s work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity.

In 2016, Yin Yue received first place in Choreography in Shanghai Professional Dance Competition. She is also winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago International Commissioning Project 2015 and winner of 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship and winner of Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Comeptition 2013 and received commissions from all three companies. She was slected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation.

In March, 2016, the company took 90 min dance program toured to Aachen, Germany as part of schrit_tmacher Just Dance Festival.

Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside Out Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe’s Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more.

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This program is offered as a partnership with the John and Rashanda Rhoden Arts Center at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, located at 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Please visit PAFA’s website to learn about additional opportunities when you visit, including viewing museum galleries, dining in Tableau, and shopping in Portfolio, the museum gift shop. Visit www.pafa.org.

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