Fang-Yi Sheu

(Taipei, Taiwan)

2016–17 Season: Choreographer of Dream of the Red Chamber

Making her San Francisco Opera debut, Fang-Yi Sheu is a former principal dancer for Martha Graham Dance Company where she was praised by critics as “the finest present-day embodiment of Martha Graham’s technique and tradition.” Sheu received numerous awards recognizing her extraordinary career including the Taiwan President's Order of Brilliant Star, the National Award for the Arts in Taiwan, and Ballettanz magazine’s Outstanding Female Dancer. Sheu was named Lativ Artist of the Year and as spokesman of EVA Air, the Star Alliance. Most recently, she starred in The Assassin, directed by 2015 Cannes Best Director winner Hsiao-Hsieh Huo.

Sheu later founded Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists to collaborate with such important artists as Riccardo Muti, Shen Wei, Eliot Feld, Lin Hwai-min, Akram Khan, Christopher Wheeldon, Russell Maliphant, Wendy Whelan, Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo, Yuan Yuan Tan, among others. As of 2015, Sheu has initiated “Creation Weeks” which invites international young talents to participate in new creations.