Zhang Xiao-Xiong

Kuandu Arts Festival (Advisor)

Born in Cambodia and moved to China in the early teens; Mr. Zhang earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from the History Department of Jinan University before emigrating to Australia in 1983; he studied modern dance at the Centre for Performing Arts (Adelaide) and started the carrier as a professional dancer. He danced with the One Extra Company (Sydney) from 1985–1987, the Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide) from 1987–1992, and Vis-a-Vis 1994 1995. 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). In 1996, he moved to Taipei 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. He joined the Taipei Crossover Dance Company in the same year.
His works have been premiered by companies such as Cloud Gate Dance Theater, 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, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Singapore Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, OzAsia Festival. His other teaching experiences include The Australian Dance Theatre, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the Beijing Modern Dance Company, the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company, the Hong Kong Dance Company, the Centre for Performing Arts in Adelaide, the Beijing Dance Academy, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Daqing Arts Academy.