Dou Dou Huang
Dancer and Choreographer
Dou Dou Huang is the Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of the
Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble. Although only 27, he has been
at the helm of the ensemble since 1995.
Born in Zhejiang, China in 1977, Dou Dou Huang entered the Beijing
Academy of Dance at the age of 18. He has been granted numerous
awards by the Chinese government as well as international recognition
and awards. He has been designated a “First Class National
Artist” in China, a highly coveted consideration, and his
performances, as well as choreography, have been acclaimed all over
Combining ancient, classical and contemporary traditions and techniques,
Dou Dou Huang is celebrated throughout China on stage and television
as a dance icon – by audiences of all ages. He has been singularly
responsible for moving Chinese dance into the 21st century with
a mesmerizing talent on the stage as well as a fresh and exciting
vision in choreography.
He began his work as a choreographer in 1998 with ‘Spirit
of Martial Arts’ which was first performed in China in 1999.
In 2000 he choreographed and performed the world premiere of ‘Six
Dance Imageries from the Zhou Dynasty’, a work commissioned
by the eminent composer Tan Dun. In 2001 he choreographed ‘Chinese
Go” for the Vail International Dance Festival, chaired by
former U.S. President Gerald Ford.
In 2002 as Dou Dou Huang came to the attention of the international
media beyond the dance world, Time Magazine described him as a “national
sensation” saying he was “reinventing mainland dance”.
The same year he also appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine
with an article called ‘Flying to the Peak of Dance: Chinese
Star Huang Dou Dou’. More recently, he appeared as principal
guest artist in a world premiere with the Buglisi-Foreman Dance
Group at the Joyce Theatre in New York and received high praise
from audiences and critics alike.
Some of his most notable works have been: ‘Dancing Dancing
I’ in which he combined modern multi-media, modern acoustics
and optic technology with dramatic performance, performed as part
of the International Opera Master Class performances at the Shanghai
Conservatory, and ‘Golden Door and Silver Threads”,
a large-scale performance which won the Grand Prize at the Second
National Minority Literary Festival. The performance had its international
debut in July 2002 at the Champs Elysee Theatre in Paris in China’s
bid to host the 2010 World Expo. In September of 2003 his original
work ‘Fusion’ was performed at the Shanghai Grand Theatre
and in October, Dou Dou once again collaborated with Tan Dun in
the production of “Skin Drumming’ which was performed
at the Paris Autumn Art Festival 2003.
In August of 2004, Dou Dou Huang and U.S. dancer Jacques D’Amboise
held a joint performance at the Shanghai Grand Theatre called ‘Dancing
into the Future’. This special event was organized by the
Committee of 100 and was performed with the participation of dancers
from both the U.S. National Dance Institute and from the city of
Shanghai. The same month, Dou Dou starred in the performance “Chinese
Gong Fu’ directed by world famous cinema director Zhang Yi
Mou, in the closing dance ceremonies at the Athens Olympic Games.
In September 2004 Dou Dou Huang performed ‘Sword Dance’
at the opening ceremony for the International F1 Race Course in
Dou Dou Huang’s original dance ‘Yellow Earth’
was performed in Japan in November of 2004 to great critical acclaim.
Dou Dou then traveled to Finland where he collaborated with movie
director Marikki Hakola in a new dance movie in which he was the
principal choreographer as well as a led actor.
In February of 2005 Dou Dou Huang was awarded a scholarship from
the Asian Cultural Association which has lead to the opportunity
for further study and research in the United States.
Dou Dou Huang: Awards
1994 Gold Medal – Fourth National Taoli Cup
1995 Gold Medal - Third National Dance Competition
1997 Gold Medal – Pyonyang Art Festival, North Korea
1997 National College Graduate Award for Excellence
1998 Shanghai Top 10 Outstanding Youth Award, Shanghai
1999 100 Excellent Young Artists Award – National Culture
1999 Silver Medal – Third International Ballet and Modern
Dance Competition, Japan
1999 National Expert Award – Ministry of Culture (including
a State Department stipend)
2000 First Prize – Excellent Small Performances Competition,
2000 Best Performer – Eleventh Baiyulan Drama Awards, Shanghai
2001 Artist Award - Committee of 100 Artist Award, USA
2001 Best Performer - Twelfth Baiyulan Drama Awards, Shanghai
2001 ‘One out of Five Project’ Prize – China Central
2001 Golden Prize – Second National Minority Literature Performance
2003 Outstanding Contemporary Dancer in mainland China – MTV
and CCTV award