Xiao Xiong Zhang

Professor. Former Chairperson of Dance Department (2015-2022), National Taipei University for the Arts.
Freelance dancer/choreographer/photographer and actor.

Born in Cambodia and moved to China in the early teens; earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from the History Department of Jinan University before emigrating to Australia in 1983; studied modern dance at the Centre for Performing Arts (Adelaide) and started the carrier as a professional dancer.

Danced with the One Extra Company (Sydney) from 1985–1987, the Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide) from 1987–1992, and Vis-a-Vis 19941995. Performed in Jim Sharman’s Shadow and Splendour (1992 – a joint production between the Royal Queensland Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia).

Moved to Taipei in 1996 and took up the position as the Associate Professor of the Dance College of the National Taipei University for the Arts (former NIA) and the teacher of modern dance for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

Joined the Taipei Crossover Dance Company in the same year and toured to London, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, during which time the Company had also presented his works. Joined the Taipei Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall National Theatre production, the Legend of Madame Tsai, in 2004.

His works have been premiered by companies such as Cloud Gate 2, Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Beijing Modern Dance Company and Taipei Crossover Dance Company, and have also featured in the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Singapore Festival,Hongkong New Vision Arts Festival, the Guangdong International Contemporary Dance Festival,the OzAsia Festival, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Play a leading role in the Chang TsoChi’s film Synapses,2019.