H.T. Chen is a leading choreographer acclaimed for his dynamic fusion of the spirited energy of American modern dance and the poise of traditional and contemporary Asian aesthetics. His work has been performed in over 100 cities and festivals in the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and Germany. H.T. Chen is Founder/Director of Chen Dance Center – Company, Theater and School in New York City.
Born in Shanghai, China and raised in Taiwan, Chen has been a resident of New York City since 1971. Mr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Chinese Culture in Taiwan, The Juilliard School in New York City, and New York University's Department of Dance Professions, where he received his Masters Degree in Dance Education. In New York, he also studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and was a scholarship student at the American Dance Center. H.T. Chen was on the faculty at New York University’s School of Education, taught at the Navajo Community College, the TAIPEDIA Dance Festival, and has been guest faculty at numerous U.S. colleges. In addition to choreographing on his own company, he has choreographed for numerous theater productions.
Mr. Chen has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; a New York State CAPS grant; a Jerome Foundation grant; and a Meet the Composer grant. In 2002, H.T. Chen & Dancers received the New York State Governor’s Awards for artistic achievement and contributions to communities.
In October 2003 the Organization of Chinese Americans honored Mr. Chen with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2004 he received the Special Recognition Award for Community Service from the CUNY Asian Alumni Association. In 2005, Mr. Chen was the recipient of the BESSIES Special Citation, in 2009 he received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, and in 2012 received the Mid-Career Award from the Martha Hill Dance Fund, LTD.
他是早期廣受好評的一位先進編舞家；融合了美國現代舞蹈和亞洲傳統舞蹈動作、達到現代的美學，舞蹈作品的動態感有朝氣蓬勃的展現力，他創作和演出了超過40部作品在美國，香港，台灣，中國和德國在全國100多個城市，並自1978年起創始陳學同舞蹈中心 – 設立小劇場和學校。