Irene Hsiao

Monster Studies

I study monsters.

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Mad Rush

I am currently working on a film with Le Wang called Mad Rush. It is inspired by a piece of the same title that I choreographed in January 2013. Below … Continue reading

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Letter from Taipei

Letter from Taipei is a picture book I made while teaching English at National Taipei University of Technology. It traces color and its absence and attempts to document the extraordinary … Continue reading

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Things Men Say (to me) at the Milonga

#1 Him: Ok, let’s walk. Ok. Ok. Cross. Ok. No. Not now. Ok. It’s ok. Me: Sorry [step on his left foot]. Sorry [step on his right foot]. Sorry [kick … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Things that Suck in Ballet Class

1. When everyone else is jumping to fifth, and you’re vigorously jumping to second (no way to cover that up). 2. When you are standing in the front line but … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI, 18-20 March 2016

[N.B. I pitched an article about RADfest to Dance Magazine, mLive, REVUE, CriticalDance, the Detroit Free Press, and Dance Studio Life, but none of them would buy it (if by … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hamburg Ballet, Othello and Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler at the Harris Theater, 23-27 February 2016

Madness is a constant hissing in the ear, internal voices that squabble raucously, ruthlessly, that excoriate the self from its core out, leaving only a shell that you fanatically guard … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Interview with John Neumeier, February 2016

Director and resident choreographer of Hamburg Ballet since 1973, John Neumeier has created over 100 original works, burnishing a reputation for psychological story ballets. Hamburg Ballet’s performance of his 1973 … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

San Francisco Ballet Program 1 at the War Memorial Opera House, Jan. 24-Feb. 5, 2016

Surrealist painter René Magritte developed an iconography of ordinary objects—anonymous men in bowler hats, apples hovering in the interval between the eye and its aim, pipes and pillars that smirk … Continue reading

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