H.T. Chen plays out his life in his choreography on the dance stage. The Chinese American combines his training in classical ballet with Chinese dance to produce choreography described by the Voice of America as something new and different.
His wife put it this way in an interview with Voice of America.
“Mr. Chen’s background is in Chinese dance, Chinese opera movements as well as modern dance and ballet,” said Chen’s wife, Dian Dong. “He choreographs using his imagination, but you can’t free yourself of your cultural roots, it’s always there.
“He said this is my country and their story is my story too. I share this history,” his wife said about his works inspired by the Chinese American experience.
His latest work Needle and Thread tells the story of the Chinese American sewing factory worker.
You can see an expert and learn more about Chen in the Voice of America,