Waeli Wang is a choreographer, filmmaker, collaborator, and educator. She creates interdisciplinary contemporary works interweaving personal, familial, social, and artistic contexts to investigate the human condition for the concert stage, cinematic screen, and alternative spaces. Her research explores the overlap between critical dancemaking and identity to transform and challenge unjust social relations while filling in the gaps of our collective memory. She sees art-making as a means for social justice, as contemporary and historical representations of intersectionality, and as a way to bring together community. She is driven to make work that fuses movement/imagery, figurative/abstract, and the poetic personal. As a dance educator and lifelong learner, she invites students into their own artistic practice and engage with the arts in meaningful ways.
Waeli earned her M.F.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine and B.F.A. in film studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her interdisciplinary works have shown in internationally curated performances and screenings over the last decade. She has previously taught at Santa Clara University and UC Irvine. Waeli is thrilled to be joining the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas.
- Contemporary Modern Dance
- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Asian American Studies
- Social Justice Artmaking Frameworks
- Critical Race Theory