Yuyu Rau

Dance artist, Freelance/Self-employed

About Yuyu


Yuyu Rau trained in ballet, contemporary and Chinese classical dance in Taiwan and before moving to the UK in 2006, she taught for Cloud Gate Dance School for three years.
Yuyu obtained an MA in Performance Dance at University of Chichester in 2008. During her studies at University of Chichester Yuyu joined MAP dance company where she performed works by Kerry Nicholls, Nik Haffner, Hanna Gillgren and Pete Shenton.

Since 2009 Yuyu has worked with different companies and productions such as ACE Dance and Music Company, Protein Dance Company, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Sadler's Wells - The Most Incredible Things, ROH2 - Piccadilly Revisited and Dancelines led by Wayne McGregor.
The choreographers she has worked with are Javier De Frutos, Luca Silvestrini, Douglas Thorpe, Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Sinman Yue and Lucy Guerin. Currently, she is touring with visual artist Hetain Paten for the 4 stars double-act Be Like Water in the UK.

Yuyu won Stepping East 2010 - British East Asian Choreographer showcase, commissioned by Step Out Arts. She was also selected by Sadler's Wells Big Intensive 2010 - one week long professional choreographer course. Yuyu's choreographic work explores a fascination, for the artist, with the aesthetics of inter-cultural dance work that stems from her own experience of living in a different culture in the UK. Her works has performed in East London 60x60 Dance 2010, Resolution! 2010, 2012 and 2013, Cloud Dance Festival, Stepping East and Greenwich World Cultural Festival. Yuyu just finished her solo work SNAPSHOTS collaborated with well-known musician Liz Liew.


Chinese, English, Taiwanese

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2013

Areas of Expertise

Contemporary Dance Technique, Choreography, and Improvisation, Contemporary Dance and Performance, Mandarin Chinese, Hope, Respect, Individual Effectiveness, inner transformation

An idea worth spreading

Trust through friendship. Peace through trust.

Human life possesses a potential deeper than the great wide ocean and vaster than the sky. We may tend to give up and resign ourselves to present circumstances, thinking 'There is no way.' But by breaking down these barriers in our minds, we can enjoy vibrant lives, filled with powerful life force like the sun. - Daisaku Ikeda

I'm passionate about

Realizing my full potential of life. Encouraging others to see their infinite potential within their life. Bring the hope, courage and love to people through my dance.

Talk to me about

Gratitude, hope, dance, theatre, identity, food, travel, your life experience, things I don't know...which is a lot..., life potential, Nichiren Buddhism

People don't know I'm good at

Sufi spinning, Chinese classical dance( Bejing Opera style), persevering with joy,

My TED story

Never heard TED before when Hetain Patel asked me if I would like to do the talk with him after we did our premiere for Be Like Water at ROH2 in Nov 2012. Now, I am very exciting with this life experience and looking forward to meet and having dialogue with all the incredible beings.