Now one of Asia's leading choreographers, Cheng Tsung-lung got his start selling shoes on the mean streets of Taipei.
There's plenty of dance on offer both to watch and to try as Australian Dance Week unfolds.
Graeme Murphy's Nutcracker remains one of the few attempts to tell Australian stories in ballet form.
In the Australian Ballet's latest triple bill, Faster, diversity is missing.
''Faster'' is a modern ballet that plays out like an MGM musical with a Hitchcockian soundtrack.
Movement is an ideal way to illustrate the development of these characters, whose moments of introspection are most effectively conveyed.
A ensemble of Australian boys get a taste of dance through a staging of William Golding's dark, raw work.
The incoming Four Winds musical director is making his debut with tango, flamenco and other Latin sounds.
Choreographer Mariaa Randall explores the story of women and leaving a country for new places.
Four skateboarding novices try to absorb all they can about the art of riding the concrete wave in this new Dance Massive performance piece.
One dancer is naked, the other clothed, as unified movements disperse into violent explorations of power.
An ambitious dance work uses symbolic props and smoke to explore the unrelenting inward pull of gravity.
Five dancers in trackie dacks tackle big themes in this Dance Massive show.
The Australian Ballet's modern ballet program, Faster, presents works by three male choreographers. The works are designed to showcase the body in high-speed motion, with a focus on heightened physicality, hyper-extended limbs, and contemporary sound and design.
The Royal Ballet's choreographer Wayne McGregor, and composer Max Richter fuse music, dance and technology to create narrative wonders, as will be seen when two of their collaborations are performed in Australia.
A dance duel turns out to be more contemplative than flamboyant in its theatrical context.
Graeme Murphy is as nervous about the premiere of his new show in Tasmania as he would be of performing at the Bolshoi.
Rhiannon Newton's latest work, part of Dance Massive, offers a provocation as much as a performance.
Nat Cursio was 41 when she tried skateboarding for the first time, and even a trip to the hospital didn't deter her.
Lars Eidinger's Richard III is all too knowing and self-referential a villain.
In Difference Lennox Theatre, Riverside, March 2 ★★★★
Is it art? Or sport? Tristan Meecham will run a marathon on a treadmill amid a dancing, drumming and boxing spectacular.
Sydney dance fans are about to see what Melbourne Ballet Company can do in Being and Time at Concourse Theatre.
The rigour here is exquisite – and exquisitely excruciating to watch. Never once is the discipline abandoned.
This international collaboration deserves a longer run than the few nights it is showing at Asia TOPA in Melbourne.