'YIBU' is an ensemble founded in 2019 by the Kurt Jooss prize winning choreographer couple Chun Zhang and Kai Strathmann. 'Yibu, Yibu', means step by step in Chinese. The direction is clear: going back to the movement. Instead of making dance steps to interpret themes or stories, they start from the fundamental elements in movement composition, so that it became an independent art craft and art form. Their works are neither dance theater or contemporary ballet, they are both and one: personality, liveliness and humanity through original, minimalist, concentrated choreographic handwriting.
Since 2015, the first day of their master study in choreography in the Folkwang University of Arts, Chun and Kai started to work and create together as a team. Their graduate productions with the Folkwang Tanzstudio are both nominated by the renowned Kurt Jooss Preis in 2019, Chun won the final prize with her piece 'Being Far Away From'. In the same year, they founded YIBU, bases in NRW, Germany.