interviews KAH POON MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
June 9, 2017
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THE ARCHITECTURE OF SIMPLICITY

Dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott, practices all of he art, and life, in a singular way.

photography and interview by KAH POON
dancer PEIJU CHIEN-POTT at MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
styling by JONZU JONES
hair by DAMIAN MONZILLO
makeup by AGATA HELENA using MAKE UP FOREVER
makeup by TOSHI SALVINO
assistant photographer DAVID CARLO

Kah Poon: Where are you originally from?

PeiJu Chien-Pott: I am originally from Taiwan.

KP: How long have you been dancing?

PC: I’ve been dancing since I was five. I’ve been dancing professionally for 15 years.

KP: What got you into dancing?

PC: When I was little, I always loved moving my body. I enjoyed the movement when my body responded to the music I heard, and then my emotions followed. Dancing is like medicine to me as it changes my mood and calms me down.

Bodysuit NAMILIA / Pants NOTALIGNE / Shoes JOHN FLEUVOG

KP: How does dance inspire you?

PC: There is not short cut leading to success. The process of becoming a great artist is like cooking a gourmet stew.

KP: How do you feel when you perform?

PC: I feel I become another person, or I maybe it’s just that my true self comes out!

KP: What are some of your goals for dance?

PC: My goals for dance are to keeping exploring the potential of my body and performance in general, breaking habits and keeping my body healthy and strong!

Dress BRON BERMUDEZ / Top CAROLINA SARRIA / Shoes ASHLEY COLE 

KP: How does dance inspire you?

PC: There is not short cut leading to success. The process of becoming a great artist is like cooking a gourmet stew.

KP: How do you feel when you perform?

PC: I feel I become another person, or I maybe it’s just that my true self comes out!

KP: What are some of your goals for dance?

PC: My goals for dance are to keeping exploring the potential of my body and performance in general, breaking habits and keeping my body healthy and strong!

KP: Do you have a diet to keep yourself fit and healthy?

PC: I am a vegetarian, and I try to avoid processed food.

KP: Do you have a favorite dancer? Who?

PC: Yes. Sylvie Guillem is my favorite dancer.

Dress BRON BERMUDEZ / Top CAROLINA SARRIA / Shoes ASHLEY COLE 

Dress DUR DOUX / Shoes LAPTI

KP: What are some of the challenges you face?

PC: I always want to find something different to work on. I want to explore all the possibilities to fulfill my artistic cravings.  To find different ways to move my body, to work with artists from different fields, or simply to see what I can do besides dancing. It takes so much courage and effort to break the habits, to take risks and to get out of my comfort zone, and that is absolutely challenging but in a good way. I need that!

KP: What do you think is the key to your success?

PC: I think the key to my success is simplicity.

KP: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

PC: I’ve been practicing in different art forms. With the experiences and knowledge I gain in the next few years, I’ll have stronger and clearer artistic vision.

Dress HAN WEN / Shoes ALBERTO GUARDIANI

Bodysuit MANFREDONIA / Bra LA PERLA / Gloves SOŪK / Cuffs RICK OWENS / Thigh high tights VEX CLOTHING / Boots CHROMAT

Jacket MANFREDONIA / Bra underneath LA PERLA / Pants DAMIR DOMA / Belt MUGLER / Headscarf RICK OWENS / Boots CHROMAT

KP: What advice can you give to an aspiring dancer?

PC: Be open and knowing how to relax yourself mentally. Being a dancer, you focus so much attention on your body. However, at some point, your mindset can be more crucial than your limbs!

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