PAM TZENG is a Calgary based dance artist, choreographer, performer, curator and movement educator. A biologist turned artist, her journey has taken her to create and perform across Canada, Europe, Taiwan, United States and Brazil.
Tzeng’s interests lie in both solo creation and experimental multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. Her choreographies are driven by impulse and discovery. She is known for creating visceral and animated performances that mine the emotional landscape of difference and empathy. Tzeng’s work integrates tools and perspectives from various artistic worlds: clown, puppetry, theatre, visual and performance art. Coloured by her identity as a Canadian born Taiwanese woman, Tzeng’s work examines the negotiation between cultural borders and the tensions between traditional and contemporary mores within the Canadian mosaic.
Tzeng’s choreographies have been presented in diverse festivals and contexts across Canada and in the United States. She has been awarded residencies through Dancers' Studio West, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Mile Zero Dance, Springboard Performance and W&M Dance Projects. She is currently working on a new ensemble work titled That ch*nk in y/our armour set to premiere in Fall 2018. She continues to tour her solo “A Meditation on the End” by Jo-Lee (2017) and is developing, “SHE”, a second solo featuring her alter-ego Jo-Lee which will be presented at On the Board NW New Works Festival 2018.
Tzeng works as a performer, collaborating with independent choreographers and performing arts companies. She is the co-founder of to the AWE – A series of live art and performance, the dance curator of the Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists and regularly hosts professional workshops with national/ international artists to support the development of contemporary dance and performance in Alberta. She is an arts advocate and actively engages in initiatives that foster community, equity, diversity and inclusion. She sits on the board of the Alberta Dance Alliance and was co-director of Calgary Contemporary Dance Collective from 2013-2016.
Tzeng teaches professional contemporary dance technique and works as a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer and Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner.