Portrait of Li Chiao-Ping


Li Chiao-Ping Dance (LCPD) was founded in 1990 and has made Madison, Wisconsin its home since 1993. We are a resident company of Overture Center for the Arts, and produce three major performances each year. We also offer workshops and touring programs throughout North America.

The company is dedicated to offering programs of emotionally charged and athletic works, with striking visual design and the music of contemporary composers.

We also are committed to making dance accessible to a variety of people—as audience members and participants. LCPD collaborates with K-12 schools to offer performances as residencies, and we continue to teach movement workshops at senior center communities.

As a choreographer/director, Li Chiao-Ping has created, produced and performed over 130 works for the stage and screen. She has received recognition for her evening-length solos, such as "Yellow River" and "Entombed Warrior", as well as "The Men's Project", a concert of six solos choreographed by Mark Dendy, Daniel Nagrin, Mel Wong, Gus Solomons jr., Joe Goode and David Dorfman, and performed by Ms. Li. In 2009, Ms. Li answered "The Men's Project" with "Women Dancing," a concerts of 7 solos choreographed by Cynthia Adams, Molissa Fenley, Heidi Latsky, Victoria Marks, Bebe Miller, Elizabeth Streb and June Watanabe.

Ms. Li has collaborated with many artists, including her long-time creative work with visual artist Douglas Rosenberg. Their evening-length multi-media "ODYSSEY", piece based on Homer's work of the same title, was presented as a work-in-progress at the Cleveland Experimental Choreographers Festival, The Yard, and the International Video and Dance Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1997. "ODYSSEY" made its premiere in Madison, Wisconsin in October of 1998. "VENOUS FLOW: STATES OF GRACE" was a meditative journeys through healing of the spirit and the body, incorporating the stories of struggle, perseverance and triumph from individuals from our community. "PAINKILLERS" was an innovative and evocative multimedia work which expanded on related themes through deconstruction and a minimalist design. "LANDED", their latest collaborative work, weaves together many historical and personal stories about immigration, to produce a powerful testimony for the American dream.

Ms. Li has received numerous grants, honors, commissions, residencies and awards. An honorary member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Li has also been invited to join the Fulbright Specialists Roster. Her choreography has been shown throughout the world and at prominent festivals, including Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, The Yard, and the American Dance Festival. Recipient of grants from the NEA and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon, she is the subject of two documentaries about her work, The Men’s Project and Women Dancing. “Seven Solos: A Documentary”, directed by Douglas Rosenberg, was selected to premiere in the Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York and at the Wisconsin Film Festival. She was the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and has been commissioned by dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Her latest screen dance work “daughter” screened in the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival and was selected as one the “best of the fest”. Recent honors include the Bartell Award, the Romnes Award, the Creative Arts Award from the Arts Institute, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Wisconsin Dance Council Award in Choreography and Performance, the Vilas Associate Award, and a 2013 Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award. She was recently awarded a Vilas Research Professorship, one of the highest honors bestowed by the university and one of the first artists to ever receive one. She received a prestigious MAP Fund grant for her latest collaborative project with visual artist Douglas Rosenberg titled LANDED. She is the creator of The Extreme Moves Training MethodSM/TM.