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Zhi Xu is a choreographer, dancer and researcher. He is currently working towards a PhD with a focus on dance technology and cultural identity at Brunel University London. As a choreographer and dancer, he has created more than 20 works touring world-wide in China, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Russia, Belgium, Malaysia and Israel. As an independent artist, he has cooperated with Chinese film directors Chen Kaige and Tian Zhuangzhuang from 2010 to 2016. His works include dance drama, dance theatre, site-specific dance, exhibitions and large-scale projects, including X-Body (2018), Kun.Peng (2017) and Chasing The Dream (2014). He joined one of China's most prestigious events as an independent director at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. His latest creation X-Body has been chosen to be performed at The Place in Resolution 2019

Zhi graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Beijing Dance Academy (2008) and a Master Degree from the University of Roehampton (2017). He joined Beijing Modern Dance Company in 2008 and became an independent artist since 2012. He has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Travel Prize (2020), the Vice-Chancellor's Prize of Poster Conference (2019) at Brunel Univeristy London, the Prize for Most Promising Researcher at the University of Roehampton in 2017 and the Excellent Director by the 2nd Summer Olympic Games Committee in 2014.


Xu, Z 2020 Choreography of Sonic Chopsticks and Intervention of Digital Technology with Dancing Bodies. Body, Space & Technology, 19(1), pp. 56–75. DOI: