Sarah Hin Ching U 余衍晴 (she/her) is a Chinese-Canadian dance artist/choreographer, trained and influenced by a multitude of styles including Latin Ballroom, contemporary, ballet and hiphop. I create and collaborate with new media tools including AI editing, machine learning processes, real-time animation,mixed-reality application, and I gravitate towards stories in human desire, identity, relationship.My main intentions in my practice are 1. Explore and promote the cross-pollination between contemporary dance and street dance. 2. Investigate the integration of new media tools in performance-making, pushing the boundaries of choreography beyond physical movement.
My work has been presented by Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), National Arts Centre, Capsule: Video series (Ottawa), The Dance Centre (Vancouver), New Works (Vancouver), DanceWorks (Toronto), Skampede (Victoria, BC), Free Flow Dance Theatre (Saskatoon), SpringWorks (Ontario) among others. In 2022, I received the Professional Performing Artist Award from British Columbia Arts Council and have been awarded residencies at Dance Arts Institute (Toronto), City of Port Coquitlam, ArtStarts (Vancouver), and Plastic Orchid Factory. Other notable performing credits include Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019 with Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe (Montreal) and Nuit Blanche 2021 with Jackie Latendresse (Saskatoon). I graduated Simon Fraser University in 2021 with a BFA in dance and kinesiology.
Sarah graduated Simon Fraser University in June 2021 with a BFA in dance and kinesiology. During her time in SFU, she has trained with Megan Walker-Straight (Cunningham technique), Judith Garay (Graham technique), Marla Eist (Ballet technique), Rob Kitsos (Contemporary technique), Henry Daniels (Contemporary technique) and Margarida Macieira (Gaga). In addition, she has performed in multiple SFU repertory shows ,student choreography shows and has been awarded scholarships to train with Helen Walkey, Shay Kuebler and the Vancouver Contact Improvisation Festival.
Photo by Laura Zeke.