Anita Cheng

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Anita Cheng holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Cheng's choreography and media work has been presented in theaters, galleries, on DVD and the Internet. In 1998 and 1999, she received two Experimental Television Center Grants for her dances with video. In 2001 she was one of four emerging choreographers invited to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival to take place in a joint workshop with compositional fellows at Tanglewood Music Center. She has received numerous scholarships, including a Fulbright Grant in choreography for Hong Kong (1991) and a Fulbright Grant to the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro (2007) to teach digital art and performance in the School of Communications (ECO). In collaboration with Ronaldo Kiel, Cheng has been an artist-in-residence at Dance Theater Workshop's Media Lab (2004) and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2005). In 2005, Cheng and members of her dance company created a site-specific video installation for the Lobby Gallery of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library titled “Novel Lift.” Cheng and company received a 2005-06 choreographic residency from The Joyce Theater Foundation at Joyce SoHo. In 2007, Cheng was given a residency and commission for "For Once, Then, Something," from the Mulberry Street Theater’s Ear to the Ground series in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In October of 2007, her dance video polyptych, "Journey (work-in-progress)" was shown as a large scale installation at Oi Futura, a cultural center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Brooklyn Public Library commissioned Cheng and Kiel to create a site-specific dance video installation, “Relay,” for the Central Library which opened Feb. 5th 2008. Cheng also received a residency and dance commission from the Art and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College, which premiered at the end of Feb. 2008, titled, “Remembered River.”