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Willy Tsao
Founder / Artistic Director


Willy Tsao established CCDC in 1979 and has become its Artistic Director since 1989 and Chief Executive Director from 2004 to 2007. His important choreographic works include Requiem, Hell Screen, Wanderings in the Realm of Lightness, Three Romantic Chinese, A Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi, Tales from the Middle Kingdom, China Wind · China Fire, Sexing Three Millennia, 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism, One Table N Chairs, The Conqueror, Warrior Lanling and Dao‧Extraordinaire. His works have been presented in arts festivals in Canada, Korea, Israel, Germany, Singapore as well as Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei of China.

Tsao has dedicated incessant efforts in the development of modern dance in China. In September 1987, he started teaching modern dance in the Guangdong Modern Dance Experimental Troupe in Guangzhou and at the Beijing Dance Academy in the following year. In 1991, he was invited to be the Artistic Advisor of the Youth Dance Company of the Beijing Dance Academy. Since 1995, he started conducting intensive modern dance workshops in different cities across the mainland. He helped setting up the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and was then the Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998. He was the Artistic Director of Beijing Modern Dance Company from 1999 to 2005. In 2001, Tsao was invited to be the Artistic Director (Dance) of the Closing Ceremony of the 9th National Games. He was invited to be the Guest Professor of Tianjin Institute of Physical Education in 2002. In 2004, he became the General Manager of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company again. In November 2004, Tsao and the Beijing Modern Dance Company accompanied Mr. Hu Jintao, the then President of the People's Republic of China, in his official visit to South America, and did 15 modern dance performances there. In 2005, he received the Hong Kong Dance Awards for his choreography of One Table N Chairs. In September 2005, he established BeijingDance / LDTX and became its Company Director and Artistic Director.

Tsao's contributions have been widely recognised. In July 1999, he was awarded "Bronze Bauhinia Star" by the Hong Kong SAR Government for his significant contribution to the development of local arts. Other accolades and honours include the "Dancer of the Year Award" from the Hong Kong Artists' Guild (1988), the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons" (1990), the "Badge of Honour" from the Queen of the United Kingdom (1993), and the "Louis Cartier Award of Excellence - Outstanding Choreographer" (1998). Tsao received the Honorary Fellowship and Honorary Doctorate from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2000 and 2015 respectively, and “Distinguished Achievement Award” in the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2014 for his immense and invaluable achievement and contribution to Hong Kong dance.


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