Zhi Xu is a Chinese artist, choreographer, dancer and researcher. He is currently working towards a PhD with a focus on dance technology and cultural identity at Brunel University London. As a choreographer and dancer, he has created more than 20 works touring world-wide in China, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Russia, Belgium, Malaysia and Israel. As an independent artist, he has cooperated with Chinese film director Chen Kaige, Tian Zhuangzhuang and Lu Chuan from 2010 to 2016. His works include dance drama, dance theatre, site-specific dance, exhibitions and large-scale projects, including X-Body (2018), Kun.Peng (2017) and Chasing The Dream (2014). He joined one of China's most prestigious events as an independent director at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. His latest creation X-Body has been chosen to be performed at The Place in Resolution 2019.
Zhi graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Beijing Dance Academy (2008) and a Master Degree from the University of Roehampton (2017). He joined Beijing Modern Dance Company in 2008 and became an independent artist since 2012. He has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Prize at Brunel University London in 2019, the Prize for Most Promising Researcher at the University of Roehampton in 2017 and the Excellent Director by the 2nd Summer Olympic Games Committee in 2014.
University of Roehampton London, UK
Dance Philosophy and History (Merit)
Thesis: Cultural Identity, Choreographic Style and Movement Idioms in Chinese Modern/Contemporary Dance
Supervisor: Dr. Anna Pakes
Beijing Dance Academy, China
Thesis: The Motion of Mine in Contemporary Choreography
Supervisor: Prof. Liu Jian
2012 - 2016
Choreographer and Dancer
2008 - 2012