Kuan Jou CHOU
Kuan Jou a reçu une bourse pour participer à la manifestation CAMPING organisée par le Centre national de la danse
What is your artistic background ?
I was born in Taiwan, and started my dance education with the Chinese folk dance company at the age of 5, Where I trained and performed with the company. I entered Taiwan’s dance training system in high school, where I began my ballet, modern, and improvisation development. During the period from high school to university, a rigorous and solid training opened my body to unlimited possibilities. During university I was inspired by Marina Abramović, which initiated my process of using the body as a bridge of connection between concept and mind. I started to question what “dance movement” meant, which led me to seek answers from behavioral arts and theater. This is when I started my path of creative work. After graduation I joined the Dance forum Taipei company, where as a professional dancer I discovered the love for release technique and contact improvisation. Through these disciplines I started to study the relationship between people, and the power structure of people and society. My creation focuses on conceptual and behavioral elements, and in recent years I center on gender issues and research of touch treatment. Currently I work as a freelancer.
What is your view on your profession today ?
In Taiwan, it’s very difficult for theatre artists to survive. Whether from the lack of audiences, government support, and vision. Even if a performer is in a professional dance troupe, The majority require to work part-time jobs or teach at the same time to make ends meet. in Taiwan, It’s a prerequisite to work extremely hard and persistent to continue working in performing arts. So many performers choose to go abroad as their first choice once reaching graduation, but for me I believe that staying in my hometown and try help improve the environment is extremely important. I feel that as a professional performing arts artist, our job is connected with the mind. Work and daily life are inseparable, as we must have a high degree of self-discipline and self-awareness in life. At the same time, it’s crucial to not refuse any possibilities, to live and accept the present, and also learning how to reject self-denial and remain humble in the world.
With the progress of technology and enduring a new generation, everything is changing faster and faster, and the focus is always about what’s new, fast, and better. How to respect your own pace is something crucial for this generation. During creation the constant reminder for myself is to exist as a “human”, as this is something I find extremely important.
How do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years ?
I have no idea where I’ll be in 5 to 10 years. I focus on where I am right now, and continue to move forward. For me, that is the most important thing to have.
Photographie : Amandine Besacier