We had the good fortune of connecting with Chieh Hsiung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chieh, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Being able to create and dance makes me very happy.
My parents met because of social dancing, maybe because of this, I seem to have inherited the genes to enjoy dancing.
The process of dancing is very difficult, and you will often need to deny and doubt yourself. But because of the baptism of the years, I think it is a very happy thing to be able to persist until now, and to be able to create and dance. Because of dancing, it is more physically and psychologically than others. I am more sensitive. I can feel the joys, sorrows, sorrows and joys surrounding me more clearly. After digesting all the feelings, I will put those energy into my creation and dance with the people I like. Because of dancing, I have gained a lot of life experience, made many friends, and because of dancing, I know how to thank the joy of life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I was growing up in Taiwan, I have never liked my professional performance very much. Because of the influence of the Asian environment, as a plump female dancer, I have relatively little self-confidence in the process. But fortunately, in this process, I have always foreseen teachers and classmates who are willing to help me. It has allowed me to regain my confidence and use different methods in my professional field to give full play to my talents. After graduating from university, I stepped into the professional dance company earlier than others, and used teaching to stabilize my life. This is an opportunity that may not be available for graduation from a general dance department. Perhaps because I knew from a young age that my conditions were not better than others, so I learned more about different fields of art. Also because of different kinds of baptism, I have more different opportunities on the road in the future.
After graduating and working in Taiwan for two years, I saved a sum of money and came to New York, hoping to improve my language skills and connect to other parts of the world because of this. The impact in New York is really too great. I have to learn how to stand out in the selection process, or how to express my opinions, how to like myself… etc. There are too many things that are contrary to the process of my growth. Since I was very fond of creation when I was in school, I had a lot of different baptisms in my life when I came to New York. And I was able to easily meet many talented artists. I am also used to looking for artists in different fields when I was growing up. Cooperation, to break through my own comfort zone. It also allows me to create under difficult circumstances and get more creative inspiration. After a few years, I have also begun to establish that my own creative source is life, and the creative concept is to connect art with the public. I hope that the audience can see my work can understand and bring a little positive in this troubled world. Energy. The ultimate goal, I hope that everyone who has watched my work can smile with confidence.
In this environment, there are too many talented people. Appreciate each other with respect and an open mind, this artistic connection can go further and better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
New York City.
Whenever my friends/ Family visited me, below is the list of the week~
Day1: Dumbo(good coffee, Shake shake by the water) -> Walking Brooklyn Bridge from BK to the city. -< China Town for the dinner.
Day2: West Village Brunch->Shopping in Soho->Walk to Wall Street _>Night View by the downtown water.
Day3:Chealse-Gallery , Chelsea Market, Night Club/Cocktail Bar, Hight Line
Day4:Time Square-Show day-> Lincoln Center area->Central Park
Day5:Speicail experience at NYC Korean town DAY & NIGHT / Emipre State Building.
Day6: East Village (NYU, Washington Square Park, Live Band at West 4 st area)
Day7: The Best Asian food in queens. (Flusing, Corona Park…)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
dryemarinaro dance company/ Fusia Dance Center.
I am currently on O1 Visa (Artist Visa), When I encountered visa difficulties at the time, they took the responsibility of guarantor for me without saying a word. They were willing to wait for me to return to the United States to work. I never thought that I could dance in an American dance company, and I could learn how to plan a performance, and there were many teaching platforms. English is not my mother tongue, so it has always been a big obstacle for me in language communication. But they listened very openly and gave me space to play. My two Directors and the students in the classroom, we The most sincere friendship was exchanged with dance. Meeting them is really a big turning point in my life. I know how to take responsibility, and they don’t ask for rewards for their hard work, and I have great gains in the future.
They give me a HOME here.
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