The deeply talented Irene Hsiao will be performing South Chicago Dance Theater’s newest solo work on Friday December 1, 7PM at Kennedy King College. More details are anticipated soon, but this is in part of the Kennedy King College Chicago Community Dance Symposium, whose mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the greater Chicago Land area. It “embeds values of equity and inclusion into all aspects of the event.” and will bring together 8 of the top minority-based dance companies founded and currently operating in the Chicago Land area.
Irene Hisao has appeared with Kinetech Arts, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Lenora Lee Dance, Labayen Dance/SF, Winifred Haun & Dancers, and others in the US, Asia, and Europe. Her essays and poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, SF Weekly, KQED Arts, Bay Area Reporter, Newcity, Cambridge Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, Literary Imagination, Modern Philology, Word Riot, elimae, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, and , as well as in the book Peter Pan In and Out of Time.
She has taught at the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of San Francisco, Ludwig-MaxSweetimilians-Universität München, City University of Hong Kong, and National Taipei University of Technology.
Her book of photography and text, Letter from Taipei, was published in 2014. She has been awarded the Louis Martz Prize by the William Carlos Williams Society and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was a Regents’ scholar at UC Berkeley, where she earned a double BA in English and Molecular and Cell Biology and won the Chauncey Wetmore Wells Critical Essay Prize. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Chicago. Be sure to visit her online at https://irenechsiao.wordpress.com/