Lee Su-Feh was born and raised in Malaysia. While studying both traditional and contemporary dance and theatre there, she was indelibly marked by teachers who strove to find a contemporary Asian expression out of the remnants of colonialism and dislocated traditions. Some important teachers were Janet Pillai (theatre), Marion D’Cruz (dance) and Krishen Jit (theatre). In 1985, she left Malaysia for Paris, where she lived for 2 years and was influenced by the late Lari Leong. She has trained extensively in internal Chinese martial arts, with masters such as Xu Gong Wei and Yang Guo Tai. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1988, as Artistic Director of battery opera performance, she has created a provocative body of award-winning work that interrogates the contemporary body as a site of intersecting and displaced histories and habits. As Artistic Director of battery opera performance, (“fearlessly iconoclastic”, “brainy and bawdy”), she has worked both alone and in collaboration with others. In 1998, she was awarded the Prix de Jeune Auteur by the Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques de Seine-St.Denis for her work Gecko Eats Fly. In 2013, she received the Isadora Duncan Award from the Dance Centre for her contribution to the Vancouver dance millieu. This was followed by the Lola Award in 2014, in recognition of her “whole art” (Gesamtkunstwerk) approach to artmaking. Recently, she was part of Migrant Bodies, a 2-year Canada-E.U choreographic project ruminating on migration and its implications on European and Canadian societies. Out of this project, she created The Things I Carry, a solo she continues to develop and perform. Some of her other current projects involve making dance machines, and developing as a Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher. She is particularly interested in the relationship between Fitzmaurice Voicework® and movement.
Languages: French, English, Malay Specializations: Movement
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