Ballet in Tandem

by YANG Wei-hsin

Due to his injury, 30-year-old ballet dancer LIANG Shih-huai is forced to put his dance career on hold. While nursing his body through recovery, Shih-huai retraces his tenacious pursuit of ballet from Taiwan, U.S., South Korea, to New Zealand, and he carefully thinks through the options available at this pivotal moment in his career.

Ballet in Tandem centers on Shih-huai’s journey in dance and compares it with different generations of Taiwanese dancers’ quest for perfection in Western classical dance. Through these stories, this films questions the decision-making process in Taiwanese education system and in other related social institutions, challenges the stereotypical perceptions of the art form, and explores more possibilities for dance, art, and culture in Taiwan.


Producer: YANG Wei-hsin
Total Budget (USD): 250,000
Funding in Place (USD): 100,000
Running Time: 100 mins
Year of Completion: 2018
Director: YANG Wei-hsin


YANG Wei-hsin

YANG graduated from the prestigious Columbia Film School and is an award-winning editor/director. His thesis film Passing Fancy won the 2008 Directors Guild of America's Student Film Award. Since 2009, he has edited more than a dozen projects ranging from short and feature-length narrative and documentary films, which have won numerous accolades and screened in prominent film festivals worldwide. Ballet in Tandem will be his first feature-length project as a director.