U.K. Dancing Times
Best of other works was Yu Jin-Wen's "Fine Without Me/You?" in which Liu Yun-Chen and Palmer Matthews played out a delightfully quirky relationship to the delicious "Je t'écrirai" by Alain Lemauff. Full of finesse with some great partnering, they really made you believe.
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
CD/FW’s guest artist is Jin-Wen Yu, whose two dances-To Bury the Petal and Beyond-demonstrate his amazing body control. He’s a diminutive man, but he creates long lines and big ideas through subtle gestures…the result is extraordinary.
Duet #1, by Jin-Wen Yu, a guest artist in the Seldoms’ concert, was the most successful of the lot….Yu, who performed the solo, is so magnetic you can watch him walk across the stage and feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth.
The Daily Titan
Asian choreographer (Yu) amazes the audience with six physically demanding and fearless works on stage….Jin-Wen Yu gracefully impresses observers as he performs his acrobatic-like dance moves during a show at the Los Angeles Theater Center last Friday.
The Capital Times
Yu’s expressiveness and the beauty of his movement left no doubt as to why he is in such great demand: He leaves his audiences spellbound.
With a subtle nod to martial arts, Yu shows that he is a master of changing dynamics. […] the whole evening generates excitement and curiosity about what Yu will come up with next.
San Francisco Chronicle
Yu, one gathers, is not in the first blush of youth. Yet, in the minimal solo, "Timing" (premiere), he first exposes us to a still-eloquent back, letting every gesture count, as he extends an arm, shifts his balances and lopes into a spiral with the grace of a panther.
Jin-Wen Yu’s quirkily structured “Duet #1” highlights Chen’s effortless-looking versatility and Victor Alexander’s gentle strength in this study of optical illusions and unexpected partnering work.
Dallas Morning News
...magnificently fluent, Jin-Wen Yu lingers in the memory.
Whether he’s suspended 20 feet above the stage on a rope ladder or standing in an aquarium with a goldfish swimming around his feet, choreographer and dancer Jin-Wen Yu is likely to surprise audiences.
Philadelphia City Paper
Jin-Wen Yu’s choreography bends the bodies like origami, producing moveable little human architectures out of a pair or trio of dancers folded, fitted, arched together...The work is physical...The accent is on the body: tuned, dancerly and in control of the movement...But it’s also cerebral work, with intriguing symbolism.
Wisconsin State Journal
…the superbly talented dancer and choreographer…unexpected and stunning, this action is nonetheless an important part of a spellbinding work.
Los Angeles Times
…Lori Dillon and the stunning Yun-Chen Liu moved adroitly from mechanical dips and bends to possessing Jell-O-like bodies, fluid in their unisons, delicate hands aflutter.
The Boston Globe
…It is a fascinating aesthetic that gives Yu’s dancing a visceral sense of weight and a lovely quality of grace...the movement itself is striking and Yu is a gorgeous performer, sensuous yet controlled and capable of great dynamic detail.
...Jin-Wen Yu produced astonishing images of partnership and flight...His movement is extended and his jumps are smooth, more like glides with lift.
Wisconsin State Journal
The fascinating part is observing how Yu’s language of dance can be adapted to very different styles of expression...the coiled dynamism and artful tableaux of his choreography recall that most artistic of martial arts…unusual mix of athletic prowess and physical grace…controlled strength, emotionalism and dramatic on-stage relationships.
...His artistry allows him to participate in the divine...throughout the concert he demonstrates that he’s achieved mastery. His mastery...give(s) him the right to propose a moral vision...he’s a leader.
Onstage, as both choreographer and dancer, Yu looms large. Superb control…now you see the ceaselessly flowing, effortless moves; now you don’t. Yu, like water, fills every space...Yu is a master.