Casey Avaunt is an artist-scholar whose interests include critical dance theory, Asian and Asian American dance history, and the role of culture and gender in the production of choreography.
Avaunt's choreography has been performed at a number of venues throughout the U.S. and Asia including the Sheung Wan Civic Center (Hong Kong), The Joyce Theater (New York City), the National Concert Hall (Taipei), Meridian Gallery (San Francisco), the Indonesian Dance Festival (Jakarta), and the 21st Major Network Cities Asia Festival (Bangkok). Her work has been sponsored by Taiwan's National Culture and Arts Foundation; the Department of Cultural Affairs and The Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Taiwan; the Chin-Lin Foundation for Culture and Arts; Colorado Dance Theater; and The Culver Center of the Arts ARTSblock Foundation.
From 2006 to 2012, Avaunt performed and choreographed with government-sponsored 8213 Physical Dance Theater, based in Taiwan. The company worked with a variety of musicians, theater directors, and Chinese opera performers to create experimental, interdisciplinary performance works. 8213 Physical Dance Theater received a top-ten placement in Taiwan’s prestigious Taishin Arts Awards for best performance piece of the year in 2006. The company was later selected to represent Taiwan at Avignon Festival OFF and invited for a year-long artist residency at Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
Avaunt has taught at Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Colorado College, and the University of California, Riverside