Cheng Tsung-lung is the first Asian choreographer to create a new work for Sydney Dance Company. Born in Teipai, his family owns a factory making slippers and as a child he hawked them on the streets. The dynamics of street life would later become a source of inspiration for his choreography. After graduating from the Dance Department of Taipei National University of the Arts, he undertook compulsory military service.

Cheng Tsung-lee Sydney Dance Company Cheng Tsung-lung at Full Moonrehearsals. Photograph © Pedro Greig

Later, after finishing his degree, Cheng performed internationally with the world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan from 2002 to 2004. The 40-year old is now one of Taiwan’s leading contemporary choreographers and the Artistic Director of Cloud Gate 2 – Cloud Gate’s development arm.

Cheng has created a new work called Full Moonfor Sydney Dance Company’s latest double bill Orb,which also features a new work by SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela called Ocho. Cheng spoke to Limelightabout working with SDC and about the work he has created for them.

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