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This year’s artist in residence is Shanghai-based Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Performer, Annelise Charek and her dance company, SLATE. From Los Angeles, Anneliese is an artist focusing on the mediums of dance, film and video, often combining elements of each in her work. She began her dance training at a young age at the Performing Arts Center in L.A., with a focus in Ballet. She continued her studies in contemporary dance, receiving a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. There she was trained by numerous dancers and choreographers including; Tina Yuan (of Alvin Ailey), Glen Eddy (Nederlands Dans Theater), Colin Connor (Limon), Lyndon Branaugh (Martha Graham Company) to name a few. 

During her dance training, she participated and performed in various workshops and festivals around the world; American Dance Festival, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Thodos Dance Chicago, Holly Johnson’s Legdes and Bones Intensive (Los Angeles), International Contemporary Dance Workshop Prague.

Upon graduating from CalArts she joined the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, performing locally and abroad with them for two years. While in the company she began an MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the field of video installation. After moving abroad to Europe in 2009, she furthered her studies the Prague Film School, receiving a certificate in film directing.

She has lived and worked in Shanghai since 2012. In 2013 she co-founded the community art space Basement 6 Collective, and in 2014 she founded SLATE contemporary dance company, with the hopes of contributing the contemporary dance scene in Shanghai. She is currently studying for her master's degree at Shanghai Theater Academy.


SLATE Contemporary Dance Company

SLATE contemporary dance company was formed in 2013, out of the desire to contribute to the independent dance scene is Shanghai. Its members have included both local and international dance artists. The group has performed regularly at prominent institutions and as part of collaborations with local artists working in various mediums. Original pieces have been shown at: The Power Station of Art, Chronus Art Center, Minsheng Art Museum, Minsheng 21, MOCA Shanghai, Basement 6 Collective, ART021, A-Piece Gallery, Vision Art Center, and Hangzhou’s 1st International Dance Festival to name a few. The company works to cultivate local contemporary dance by creating original works amongst its members, as well as creating initiatives for local dancers in the community. SLATE has hosted workshops for the public and local professional dancers. SLATE acts as a springboard for dancers and choreographers to train and produce work. 


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