'YIBU' is the contemporary dance company founded in 2019 by the choreographer couple Chun Zhang and Kai Strathmann. The members are alumnus of Folkwang University of Arts, Institution of Contemporary Dance.
'Yi Bu' means in Chinese 'one step' and “ YiBu, YiBu” means “step by step”, stands for our ethic and aesthetic:
Profound, Present and Steady.
I.Instead of copying the artistic form from Pina Bausch, so to say 'Dance Theater', we practice and extend the same core value: the art of creating dance is to create new aesthetic forms derive from human liveliness, not the other way around.
II. Total Integraty and independence: the human body is a small universe, so human body alone can deliver a universal message. There's no 'Interpreter', the human lives with his ever-changing expressions.
III. “Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended. In this way the concept 'empty space' loses its meaning.”-Albert Einstein
The art of space-time compositon is to let movements and space define and create each other simultaneously.
Our dance production series under the guide of the chinese Bible I Ching. Instead of just use the randomness, like John Cage and Merce Cunningham already did, we use the text, the number system and the philosophy from the book as choreographical notation and inspiration of creation.
Bases in NRW, Germany and tour all over the world through mainstream arts festivals and arts schools.