About The Artist


Rourou Ye is a New York City based multi-disciplinary dance artist whose career spans between China and New York City, incorporating choreographic investigation, theatrical dance content, dance for camera, and student mentorship. Born in southeastern China in late 80’s, Rourou trained professionally for over 15 years in Chinese dance forms (Chinese Classical Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, Chinese Opera, and some Kung Fu and Tai Chi elements) before she graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy with a BFA in Choreography. The most prominent work she had done in China was working with Musical Theater Department at Shanghai Conservatory of Music (first music institution of higher education in China) from 2012-2015, where she taught over 100 of music majors and (re)choreographed multiple Broadway and original musicals.


Rourou has closely worked with dance and theater artists such as Sara Rudner, John Jasperse, Jodi Melnick, Dan Hurlin, Peggy Gould, Kathy Westwater, and Ernest Abuba after her relocation to the USA in 2015 for her MFA in dance study at Sarah Lawrence College. Rourou is very much influenced by American postmodern dance, and works intimately with improvisation and scored choreography with simultaneous interests on European dance theater form. She creates narrative arcs that express emotional states, even when they don’t tell literal stories. Her movement style fuses Chinese Qi and Roundness with western modern, jazz and hip-hop dance forms into her own unique contemporary style. In addition, her work often embodies the conflict between Chinese and American culture, exploring her identity, sexuality, existential purpose, and sociopolitical position as a Chinese women.


Rourou’s choreographic works have been shown at Fielday at The Field, Spring Movement Festival at Center for Performance Research, Cross Boundary-Dixon Place, BAAD!Ass women festival at BAAD, River to River festival at LMCC, Hudson River Museum, Chinese Dance Forward in Hong Kong, Shanghai International Dance Festival, Beijing Dance Festival, Seoul International Choreography Competition among others. She was supported by Gibney Dance through the WorkUp 4.0 program and by Yangtze Repertory Theater of America as an Artist in Residence. She was also a participant in LANDING 2.0 led by Miguel Gutierrez and was hired twice as the movement director for Sarah Lawrence College’s theater production. Rourou has won numerous award nationally in Chinese folk dance performance and has performed in Japan, Singapore and Thailand as a culture exchange ambassador.