Born in the backwater port town of Klang, Malaysia, Mei-Yin Ng was poised from birth to create art using the human body and technology. Her father, a car mechanic and local visionary, was the first Klang citizen to ever possess a film projector. With the advent of video, he then became the first Klanger to own a camcorder. As the 70's progressed in South-East Asia, Ng often snuck into the family room at ungodly hours to watch American musicals on TV. Night after night, she became increasingly addicted to Fred Astaire, until desperate, she finally sought out videotapes of dance at the American Embassy. There, she happened upon tapes of Merce Cunningham's work, and though she did not quite understand what was going on, she was hooked. Saving all her ringgits to study dance in America, she was soon on a one-way flight bound for New York City.
Since moving to NYC, Ng has studied primarily at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Trisha Brown Studio, and Movement Research. She has worked with the contemporary theatre group Remote Control Productions/ Michael Laub, touring in the 1996-97 production "Planet Lulu" in major festivals throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Dance Theatre Workshop presented her inaugural work "Graffito" (1997) at their Freshtracks series. Her full-evening performances were presented by the Joyce Soho (2000), Construction Company (2002), Tribeca Performance Arts Center (2007) and PS122 (2001, 2004).
Focusing initially on modern movement as inner being, Ng's work continues to evolve with the possibilities of contemporary technologies. Her extensive prop training in Chinese dance inspired her to meditate on the use of props, and later technology, as an extension of the human form. She founded MEI-BE WHATever in 2002 as a collective field for collaboration and experimentation of technology in just this vein.
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