Chun Zhang, 1988, Shanghai, China

Artistic director, dancer, choreographer, dance teacher


Education and Career 

1998-2004 Chinese Dance Major, Shanghai Dance School, CN

2004-2008 BA - Chinese Dance-Performance and Pedagogy, Beijing Dance Academy, CN

2007-2008 Dancer of Youth Dancing Troupe, Beijing Dance Academy, CN

2008-2011 MA - Research in history and aesthetic of chinese classical dance at Beijing Dance Academy, CN

2008-2010 Dance Teacher at Continuous Education College, Beijing Dance Academy, CN

2011-2015 Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer at Macao Conservatory, CN

2015-2018 MA - Tanzkomposition: Choreography, Folkwang Universität der Künste, DE

2017 Laban movement analysis at Tanzfabrik, Berlin, DE

2018 Pilates Mat Trainer Certification by Polestar Pilates

Since 2018 Freelance dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, Pilates Trainer in NRW, DE

Since 2019 Choreographer, Artistic Director, Manager, YIBU DANCE, DE

2021 LBBS Fundamental (Imgard Bartenieff) focused certification program, Berlin, DE


Awards and prizes (selected)

2019 Kurt Jooss Preis, Essen, DE

2017 STIBET from DAAD Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, DE

2010 3rd Prize by Academic Cup Beijing Dance Academy, CN

2007 2nd Prize,11th Dancing Competition Beijing, CN


Performances and works (selected) 

2003 with Shanghai Cultural Bureau, performing dance solo Impression of Sunrise, Union of the Comoros, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, Réunion. 

2004 with the Shanghai Cultural Bureau, performing the dance solo Impression of Sunrise, Lille, FR. 

2004 with Shanghai Cultural Bureau, performing the dance solo Impression of Sunrise, Khartoum, Sudan SDN. 

2005 with Beijing Dance Academy as a dancer, visited Seoul, KOR. 

2006 with the Youth Dancing Troupe, Beijing Dance Academy, as a dancer, visited Kyoto, JP. 

2007 with the dance performance The spring, visited Singapore SGP. 

2008 as a dancer in the show Hainan Hainan, visited Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan, KAZ. 

2011-2014 danced in several big productions in Macau Dance Troupe: Guangzhou International Arts Festival, Xi Jiang International Arts Festival; Macau International Arts Festiva, CN.  

2011-2014 created five short dance pieces and one full evening dance theater work for the students of Macau Conservatory, school of dance, as well as Macau Dance Troupe, CN.  

2015-2017 created twelve pieces during the master study of choreography in Folkwang university of arts, visited many theaters and festivals in NRW, DE. Traveling between China and Germany.

2017 created ´being far away from´, a thirty minutes work for the Folkwang Tanzstudio as graduation work for her master study, Essen, DE. 

Founded YIBU DANCE, a production entity for the works of Chun Zhang and Kai Strathmann in 2019, Velbert, DE.  

2019 created dance evening Prelude 0|1 with Kai Strathmann in Cubic Studios, Düsseldorf. 5 shows in Düsseldorf, Beijing and Cologne, CN, DE. 

2019 ‘International Master Workshop’ to the dance students of Beijing Dance Academy, Institute of Creativity with Kai Strathmann, CN. 

2020 created a live dance performance in the Lehmbruck Museum, for the Finnland visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila with Kai Strathmann, Duisburg, DE.

2020 created the dance evening 1:6|5:1 with Kai Strathmann in Cubic Studios Düsseldorf. Iinvited to the Düsseldorfer Nacht der Museum; main program of International Tanzmesse 2020 in Düsseldorf. (All cancelled due to COVID-19) 

2021 artistic research WHIRLING LADDER | Partnering, Velbert, DE. 

2021 created duo evening WHIRLING LADDER | BETWEEN for Fabrik Heeder, Krefeld. 5 shows in Krefeld and Cologne, DE. 

2021 created dance video for the stage performance WHIRLING LADDER | BETWEEN with Maurits Boettger. Official selection in Thessaloniki International Cinedance 2021, CINEDANZA Italy 2021, Moving body festival Bulgaria 2021, Rogue Dancer 2021. 


Movement language and skills

Chinese Classical Dance (master), Chinese Folklore, Chinese Opera, Qi Gong und Tai chi, Ballet, Jooss Leeder Technique from Stephan Brinkmann and Lutz Förster, Pilates, Laban movement analysis 


Language skills

Chinese (mother tongue) , english (secondary tongue), german (C1), french(beginner)