Ian Wen (he/him) is a movement instructor and performance artist based in New York City. Having studied with seminal Butoh teachers in Japan, he has taught, devised, and performed extensively, including internationally in Ukraine, The Netherlands, Greece, Mexico, and more. A core faculty member in the theater department at Brooklyn College for over 20 years, he teaches movement and performance to both the MFA and BFA acting students. Although he draws from many different movement modalities and somatic practices, Butoh dance theater and animal work are the twin underpinnings of his singular approach in cultivating a more holistic, dynamic, and authentic performer. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of the performance collective De Novo Dance, and has been the recipient of multiple grants for new works, and for his particular collaboration with senior communities. His innovative classrooms and workshops are known for their unique interconnectivity, and genuine discoveries as individuals and ensembles.
Ian's favorite projects include: The Nanjing Race (Off-Bway), The Dinner Party (The Kitchen; MASS MoCA), Lullaby (The Public), Blind Sight (La MaMa; Ukraine), Chrononaut Detritus (Joyce), artcamp sexytime football (Blessed Unrest), Evil (78th Street Theatre Lab), Joy Dietrich's award-winning film, Tie A Yellow Ribbon (featured), and De Novo Dance shows, shut.eye, Houseguest, and Time-Space Capsule.