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In Conversation with Angus Wu

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Angus Wu on Wednesday November 11, 2020 LIVE at 6 PM. Photo by Skye Schmidt

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Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
I started dancing when I was eight years old. My mom and her friends took a weekly line dance class and I was watching on the side. When it came to partnering up and there were not enough people. My mom needed a body, I became her fill-in dance partner. Being able to master those steps gave me a good feeling about myself. From that point on, my history with dance began.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?
The audience can look forward to taking a journey with me pushing through a creative block and finding new discovery.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography? What are you curious about?
My choreography is inspired by subtle things in life that capture my attention. In this season, I am curious about exercises that draw out authenticity from a performer.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
I would be a chef because I L-O-V-E food.

What does your work respond to or activate within this world or yourself?
This is what I realize from this work, there are two places to find fulfillment. There are a place of wonder and a place of fear. We all started as a child from a place of wonder. As we grow older, we drift away from that and fear sets in. When we do not bring back the wonder to sail us forward, this fear will take place and drown us down.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
To an aspiring choreographer, I would say less is more. Choreographing is about the quality of the ideas, not the volume of the ideas.

Learn more:
instagram: @honkmingwu

Ho Ming “Angus” Wu graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2015. He presented his works at LevySalon for four seasons under the direction of Garance Marneur. His work involves finding ways to draw out authenticity from performers. Currently he is working as a preschool teacher in San Jose.