dancer from NDT-Nederlands Dans Theater
workshops: NDT Ballet II
Meng-Ke Wu was born in Taichung with an immediate passion for dancing. At the age of 21, she received grants from the National Taipei University of the Arts to pursue her professional career in Europe, and was awarded a contract with Tanztheater München. The next year, she joined NDT II and became the first ever Taiwanese female dancer in this top tier dance company. In 2010, Meng-Ke won the Best Dancer Award and the Audience Award at the International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart. She was promoted to NDT I by the Artistic Director in 2013, and later received a life tenure. During her time in NDT, she has worked with Jirí Kylián, the former Artistic Director; Ohad Naharin, the Artistic Director of Israeli-based Batsheva Dance Company; Swedish choreographer Mats Ek; Canadian choreographer and two time winner of the Olivier Awards Crystal Pite; Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier of Peeping Tom based in Belgium; German choreographer Marco Goecke; Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, two prominent choreographers from Israel; Paul Lightfoot, the current Artistic Director of NDT; and Sol León, the House Choreographer of NDT.
During her tenure at NDT, her top-notch performances won the hearts of the audience and Dutch media. In 2012, Het Parool said the “dazzling Wu takes the spotlight.” The Theaterkrant said her solo in 2013 was “intriguing and forces admiration.” In 2015, she won the Best Dancer of the year by Dans Publiek. On the 2016 Holland Dance Festival with presence of the Dutch royal members, her duet with Marne van Opstal won the following praise from Dans Magazine: “the purity in this dance and the way of performance is brought with so much conviction that is simply breathtaking.” In 2017, The Times noticed “the remarkable Meng-Ke Wu” for her performance in the Edinburgh International Festival.
Photo (C) RAHI REZVANI and NDT Nederlands Dans Theater