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Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater
University Theater , T03 Charles Dana Arts Center
p 315-228-7940

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


  • BA in Drama/ Dance, Colorado College, 2006
  • MFA in Choreography, Taipei National University of the Arts, 2012
  • MA in Southeast Asian Studies, The University of California, Riverside, 2015
  • PhD in Critical Dance Studies, The University of California, Riverside, 2018


Dance technique (contemporary, hip hop, and improvisation), choreography, dance history and theory, Asian American Studies

Selected Performances

  • Whip It (Music Video), choreographer: Tricia Miranda, Los Angeles, 2015
  • Buy in, W.H.A.T. Dance Theater, Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles, 2015
  • I-Dance, Ku and Dancers Co., Huashan Creative Park Theater, Taipei, 2012
  • Ripple Effect, 8213 Physical Dance Theater, The National Experimental Theater, Taipei, 2011
  • Electron, 8213 Physical Dance Theater, The National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2009
  • Dream Works of the Mei (short film), ARS Film Production, Taipei, 2009
  • Comic 1.0, 8213 Physical Dance Theater, Crown Theater, Taipei, 2009
  • La Baguette, choreographer: Sun Chuo-Tai, Micadanses, Paris, 2008
  • Correspondances, director: Paul Chen, Université de Paris 8, Printemps des Poètes, Paris, 2008
  • Boundless, 8213 Physical Dance Theater, Guling St. Theater, Taipei, 2008
  • Reflection, choreographer: Sun Chuo-Tai, Iron-Roof Theatre, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, 2007
  • CH3CCL3, 8213 Physical Dance Theater, Guling St. Theater, Taipei, 2006
  • L'Après-midi d'un faune, choreographer: Vaslav Nijinsky, reconstruction: Ann Hutchinson Guest, Armstrong Theater, Colorado Springs, 2005
  • The Princess Dreams, choreographer: Sheldon Smith, The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., 2004

Selected Choreographic Projects

  • On the Line, co-choreographed with Sue Roginski, directed and produced by Susan Ossman; supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Riverside, CA, 2015-2016 
  • Rusted Synapse, commissioned by Ormao Dance Theater, sponsored by Art Works, The Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, The El Pomar Foundation Ackerman Fund, The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; Colorado Springs, 2016
  • The Space You Left Me, supported by the National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan and The Department of Cultural Affairs of Taiwan; Taipei, 2012 
  • 227, supported by the Taiwan Council of Cultural Affairs; Danshui (Taiwan), Taoyuan (Taiwan), Taipei, Hong Kong, 2012
  • Caught in a Web, supported by the Taiwan Council of Cultural Affairs and the Taiwan Ministry of Cultural Affairs; Taoyuan (Taiwan), Taipei, Jakarta, 2012
  • Unsigned Season, supported by The Department of Cultural Affairs of Taiwan and the Chin-Lin Foundation for Culture and Arts; Taoyuan, Taipei, Xinbeitou (Taiwan), 2011 
  • Hello, My Name is Joe, supported by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office of San Francisco; San Francisco, 2011
  • It’s Not Too Late, supported by the Council for Cultural Affairs; Taichung (Taiwan), Hsinchu (Taiwan), Taipei, Jakarta, New York, 2009 
  • Conversation Doesn’t Work, sponsored by Century Contemporary Dance, Yongkang Festival; Taipei, 2007

Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships

  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2013-2016
  • Maxwell H. Gluck Fellowship for the Arts, University of California, Riverside, 2013-2016
  • Graduate Research Program Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2016
  • Princeton in Beijing Scholarship, Princeton University, 2015
  • Research Grant, Department of Dance, University of California, Riverside, 2015      
  • Research Grant, Chin-Lin Foundation for Culture and Arts, 2014
  • National Scholarship, Taiwan Ministry of Education, 2009-2012
  • Maine Scholarship, Bates Dance Festival, 2013
  • Taipei Artist Village Residency, Taiwan, 2007

Awards and Honors

  • Official Selection for Paris by Magic Man (music video), co-choreographed with Mimi Cave; Los Angeles Film Festival and The San Francisco Dance Film Festival, 2014
  • Pikes Peak Arts Award, Best Choreography of the Year; Colorado Springs Arts Council, 2011    
  • National Grand Prize Winner, Taiwan Creative Dance Award; Council for Cultural Affairs Executive Yuan, Taiwan, 2011
  • First Place in Solo Choreography, Bang for a Buck Choreography Competition; West Wave Dance Festival, San Francisco, 2007
  • Broadway Theater League Award; Colorado College Department of Dance, 2004 and 2005
  • First Place in Solo Category; Rennie Harris Puremovement Hip Hop Competition, Colorado Springs, 2005