CHANG, I-Wen

張懿文

latest update:2021-12-31

I-Wen Chang is an Assistant Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts. She received her PhD in Culture and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of specialization include salsa dance, Taiwanese theatrical dance, digital performance, interdisciplinary and intercultural performance. She serves as a board member of "International Association of Theatre Critics (Taiwan)"; and "Taiwan Dance Research Society.” I-Wen is the co-author of the book Pina Bausch: Dancing for the World (Taipei: National Performing Arts Center, 2007), and a performance critic for the Artist Magazine (Taipei) and Performing Arts Review Magazine (Taipei) since 2007. Her academic articles are published at Journal for the History of the Body, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Arts Review, Taiwan Dance Research Journal.

I-Wen Chang’s research interests include digital performance, live arts, Curating Performativity, contemporary dance choreography, interdisciplinary and intercultural performance. She uses anthropological and cultural studies’ fieldwork approach to explore issues related to critical ecologies, indigeneity, anthropocene, and South in performance.

  • 2021

    “Digital Corporeality,” at C-Lab, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2020

    TJIMUR Arts Festival - “Her Breath,” Pingtung Sandimen, Taiwan

  • 2018

    “Tradition in Near Future: Ritual Corporeality in Contemporary Taiwanese Arts,” at Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, USA

  • 2017

    “Hot Body, Cool Tech: Performative and Choreographed Bodies in New Media,” National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

  • 2015

    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), September 2015, World Arts and Cultures/Dance, with concentration in Culture and Performance

  • 2008

    M.A. Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, January 2008, Art History, with concentration in Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism

  • 2005

    B.A. National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2005, Business Administration

  • 2017-

    Assistant Professor, International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries (taught in English), Taipei National University of the Arts

  • 2017

    Dramaturgy, “Dance and the Moving Image Workshop”, at Taipei Performing Arts Center

  • 2017

    International Delegate, invited and sponsored as an independent curator, at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Sydney, Australia

  • 2016-2017

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries, Graduate Institute of Trans-disciplinary Arts, M.F.A. Fine Arts Program, Department of Dance and Center for Teacher Education, Taipei National University of the Arts

  • 2015-2016

    Critical Studies Instructor, Department of Dance Theatre, AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Los Angeles

  • 2016

    Adjunct Dance Instructor, Department of Dance, Santa Monica College, CA

  • 2014

    Visiting Fellow, European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, Tübingen, Germany (summer, 2014)

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
  • 2020

    “Dancing me to the Cosmopolitan: Taiwanese Salsa Travel at International Salsa Congresses.” ARTS REVIEW, NO. 38, pp. 79-124

  • 2016

    “Modernity and the Formations of Female Bodies: Dance Hall Culture in Taiwan during the 1920s and 1930s,” Body Politics – Zeitschrift für Körpergeschichte/Journal for the History of the Body, No. 7, Volume 4, pp. 63-83

  • 2014

    “Are Dancers Robots? A Theoretical Consideration of the Body between Human and Robot in Performance,” Taiwan Dance Research Journal, No.9, pp. 107-121

  • Book Chapter
  • Online articles
  • 2018

    “New Horizons in Interdisciplinary Performance Art: Liveworks Festival 2017 in Sydney, Australia,” Performance Space: Reflections on Liveworks 2017, Sydney

  • 2015

    “Choreographing Diversity and Identity: My experience as a visiting fellow at ERCCT,” EATS Newsletter (European Association of Taiwan Studies), Issue 5 - January 2015

  • 2013

    “Embodying Global Citizenship: Constructing Identity through Salsa Practice in Taiwan,” ERCCT Online Paper Series

  • 2013

    “The Aesthetic Encounter between Digital Art and Dance: On the Dance-Theater Film ‘The Complaint of an Empress’ and Its Implications,” DigitArts

  • 2013

    “New Aesthetics of Dance and Technology in Taiwan,” CultureBot (2013/1/15)

  • 2012

    “Leader-Follower: Throwing Out Gender Rules in Taiwanese Salsa Today,” CSW Update, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

  • Conference Papers
  • 2021

    “Choreographing Indigenous History in Taiwan — On Wen-Chung Lin and Tjimur Dance Theatre’s Performance ‘Go Paiwan’ (去排灣),” NATSA 2021 online conference (2021/5/20-21)

  • 2021

    “Dancing me from South to South — On Wu-Kang Chen and Pichet Klunchun’s Intercultural Performance,” Inter-Asia in Motion: Dance as Method | Online Symposium (2021/5/15)

  • 2020

    “Navigating the South, Negotiating the South Identity: On Chen Wu Kang’s Collaboration with Pichet Klunchun,” [South-South Performance Coalition: Negotiating between Tradition and Contemporaneity among Taiwanese and Thai Choreographers] panel, WDAAP/TDRS International Dance Conference and AGM (2020/12/27)

  • 2019

    “Salsa as an Hybrid Art: On the Works of Taiwanese Contemporary Artist Larry Shao,” “Global Pop Cultures. Moving Beyond the High–Low, East–West Divide,” conference and workshop, organized by Kyoto Seika University and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) (2019/7/29-31)

  • Selected Honers, Grants and Awards
  • 2016

    Pacific Neighborhood Consortium, Best Poster Award

  • 2014-2015

    University of California, Los Angeles, Edna and Yu-Shan Han Endowed Award

  • Invited Talks
  • 2018

    “Ritual Corporeality in Contemporary Taiwanese Arts,” Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, USA (2018/7/21)

  • 2017

    “Symposium: Death and the Expressivity of the Body,” School of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts (2017/5/19)

  • 2015

    “Salsa in Taiwan,” Taiwan Lecture Series, Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University (2015/6/17, 2015/7/1, 2015/7/15)