CHOREOGRAPHER

PRESS

"a vibrant dreamer with a sense of compassion" - Examiner.com

"intriguing newcomer" - Washington City Paper

"a fascinating triumph of set design, costume, and narrative" - Broadwayworld.com on Perchance to Dream (read full review here)

"a stunning piece of kinesthetic architecture" - Critical Dance on Firewalls (read full review here)

On Pacific Overtures at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston

"[Spiro] Veloudos and choreographer Micheline Wu have done an elegant if also tongue-in-cheek job of mixing Asian and showbiz styles, just as the music does. Wu, who is trained in Chinese dance, also plays Tamate, Kayama’s tradition-bound, kimono-clad wife, imbuing the unfortunate character with intensity and grace, the latter exemplified by her fluid dance with a fluttering fan." - Carolyn Clay, WBUR (read full review here)

"Choreographer Micheline Wu deserves much credit for the fine work she has done." - Bobby Franklin, Boxing Over Broadway (read full review here)

“[Micheline Wu} has crafted delicate, complicated yet satisfying choreography that values precision, and graceful movements over athleticism in its portrayal of a closed society for whom rituals have great meaning.“ - Rich Fahey, On Boston Stages (read full review here)

“The staging and choreography of this work, which can be rendered chaotic under the wrong circumstances, is beautifully done. [A] whole universe of encounters explodes, made highly effective by intelligent blocking of character movements overseen by director Spiro Veloudos, but, even more dramatically, by the expressive and energetically conceived choreography by Micheline Wu.“ - Charles Munitz, Boston Arts Diary (read full review here)

“Choreographer Micheline Wu’s reflects Japan’s distinct culture in sharp choreography, integrating samurai tradition while carefully letting a bit of westernization seep in.“ - Jeanne Denizard, The Sleepless Critic (read full review here)

Review of specific number in Pacific Overtures

The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea

“The changeless nature of this ‘floating world’ ...comes to vibrant life in the fluidly choreographed opening number, The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea.” Evelyn Rosenthal, The Arts Fuse (read full review here)

There Is Not Other Way

“The show’s talented choreographer, Micheline Wu, as Kayama’s wife Tamate. Wu shines in one of the most affecting scenes, as she anguishes over the possibility that her husband’s mission will fail and they will both have to kill themselves out of shame. Two “observers” sing the spare, haunting “There Is No Other Way”—one singing about Tamate, the other voicing her words and thoughts—while Wu dances the story to the sounds of flute, percussion, and piano.” - Evelyn Rosenthal, The Arts Fuse (read full review here)

“Micheline Wu captures the vulnerability and angst of Tamate (Kayama’s wife).” - Jules Becker, Boston Theatre Wings (read full review here)

“[Micheline Wu] captures Tamate’s raw vulnerability in a fan dance during the reflective number, There is No Other Way“ - Jeanne Denizard, The Sleepless Critic (read full review here)

The Lion Dance

“Micheline Wu’s crisp choreography gives Kai Chao riveting moments of fiery movement in Perry’s dance.” - Jules Becker, Boston Theatre Wings (read full review here)

“...menacingly athletic, triumphant...” - Carolyn Clay, WBUR (read full review here)

“startling“ - Josh Garstka, Talking Broadway (read full review here)

“Kai Chao as relentless Commodore Perry struts into a patriotic, humorous, and cunning Lion Dance.“ - Jeanne Denizard, The Sleepless Critic (read full review here)

Poems

“In Poems the two exchange multiple haiku. It is fast paced and through it we see their friendship grow. I loved how Hsu and Hamashima moved about the stage while performing this number. Choreographer Micheline Wu deserves much credit for the fine work she has done.” - Bobby Franklin, Boxing Over Broadway (read full review here)

Welcome to Kanagawa

“With twirling umbrellas and flirtatious glances the number was fun and beautiful.” - Bobby Franklin, Boxing Over Broadway (read full review here)

Please Hello & Pretty Lady

“Please Hello (Jeff Song as Lord Abe surrounded by five admirals from America, Russia and Europe) was lively and Pretty Lady (Three British sailors encircling and encroaching upon a young Japanese woman) was chilling.“ - Linda Chin, The Theater Mirror (read full review here)

CONTEMPORARY MODERN

FIREWALLS

Firewalls examines our societal urge to put up barriers, control access to information, and limit the passage of peoples.

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PERCHANCE TO DREAM

Perchance to Dream is about finding inner peace and the journey of spiritual transformation.

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COLLABORATIONS WITH MUSICIANS (BLACK SHEEP CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE)

A series of experiments over 3 years prompted by a few questions about the possibilities of incorporating dancers & musicians in performance to fundamentally change the quality and tone of the musician's sonic production.

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Performed at The Boston Conservatory

(Watch an excerpt here|| Watch full video here)

SAVED

Performed at the Boston Sculptors Gallery

(Watch an excerpt here || Watch full video here)

CREATION

Performed at the Boston Sculptors Gallery

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DANCE FOR CAMERA

K FOR KALEIDOSCOPE

Created in response to a prompt from MonkeyHouse to 26 choreographers across the country to create a video inspired by an assigned letter of the alphabet. Screened March 14, 2014 at RADFest's Dance for Camera event.

THE HOUSE ON THE HILL

Screened December 7, 2012 at the American Dance Festival's Movies by Movers Festival, and March 14, 2014 at RADFest's Dance for Camera event.

 

MUSICAL THEATER

MEIN HERR

From "Cabaret" by John Kander & Fred Ebb

DON'T TELL MAMA

From "Cabaret" by John Kander & Fred Ebb

 

PHOTOS