Muna Tseng was born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada. She arrived in New York in 1978, where she was an acclaimed principal dancer with Jean Erdman and Joseph Campbell’s Theatre of the Open Eye.
She founded Muna Tseng Dance Projects in New York in 1984 to collaborate with world-class Asian artists including Tan Dun, Ong Keng Sen, David Henry Hwang and Ping Chong; as well as composers and artists such as John Cage, Phill Niblock, Keith Haring, Charles Ginniver and Kenny Scharf.
She has choreographed and performed in over 30 works, has received twice the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship, and won a “Bessies” Award for her outstanding productions in New York seasons. Her company has toured in the US and internationally in Europe, Israel and Asia.
Muna integrates her dance and Gigong practice in performance, and she works as Creative Director for her late brother Tseng Kwong Chi’s performative conceptual photography.
Recognized for her practice in the intersection of visual art, dance and archival investigation, she received a Vanguard Award from Visual AIDS and a Liberty Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The Tseng siblings are recognized as role model Chinese American art trailblazers in the 1980s New York avant-garde art world to today.
<< In this time of global fear and unrest, isolated and confined in our private space, through “Human Signs” I reached down into my heart and soul, in hope to touch other artists across the globe to share something. An artist has to find an expression, through a gesture, a human voice, to acknowledge life and creativity, the life force within us. This is my offering.>>