Born in 1955, Lo Man-fei grew up in Yilan, a city full of dance atmosphere. A renowned dancer, choreographer and dance educator in Asia, Lo held a BA in English Literature from National Taiwan University and a MA in Dance from New York University. As a young talent, Lo began her professional career in 1974 with the Neo-Classic Dance Company in Taiwan, continued her training at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and the Jose Limon Dance School in New York. While in New York, she took part in various theatrical works, including the Broadway musical The King and I, starring Yul Bryner.
Lo had worked with many professional companies, including Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and performed extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States. She was very often assigned solo and leading roles, including Aureole by Paul Taylor, Frida by Helen Lai, Requiem by Lin Hwai-min, and many others. She was best noted for her solo performance in Requiem, a work Lin Hwai-min choreographed for her, in which she maintained a spin for more than 10 minutes.
Aside from her career as professional dancer, Lo had also devoted to dance education. Lo discovered that she had lung cancer in 2001, but remained passionately committed to her dance performances, choreography and teaching. After a five-year battle with lung cancer, she passed away in peace on March 24, 2006, at the age of 51.
Source: Taiwan Women's Film Association
2000 Women Make Waves Film Festival
2006 Women Make Waves Film Festival