Born in Changchun, China, Naishi Wang began his training at Jilin College of Art before moving to Canada in 2004 to attend The School of TDT. He was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre for nine years, and in 2015 embarked on an independent career.
As an award-winning performer and independent choreographer, Naishi’s development aligns with his belief that the performing arts offer an imaginary perspective, and is interested in pushing the art form in the 21st century. He has collaborated with Berlin-based artist Christoph Winkler, and in 2009 was commissioned by SXM studio in Beijing to create concept-based dance works. In 2018, he premiered his celebrated solo Taking Breath. Naishi is an artist in residency at Citadel + Compagnie in Toronto, and La Serre – arts vivants in Montreal.
Deciphers is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI), The Harbourfront Centre, the National Arts Centre in Canada and PuSh Festival, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Deciphers will be developed with the collaboration and support of MAI and National Arts Centre in Canada.
Header image by Omer Yukseker. Headshot by Hans-Michael-Lenz.