Remembering H.T. Chen

A black-and-white photo of H.T. Chen dancing with his left leg in the air and his arms outstretched
a black arrow pointing downward

We are mourning the loss of H.T. Chen, a beloved La MaMa artist who formed the innovative modern dance company H.T. Chen & Dancers in 1978 and established Chen Dance Center in 1979.

Born in Shanghai and raised in Taiwan, Chen worked for several years at La MaMa as an actor, dancer, and choreographer with the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre before turning to presenting his own work. A leading choreographer and performer, Chen was also an arts advocate who served the Asian-American community and the New York City dance community. His work has made a lasting impact on La MaMa’s history and the field of dance, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and community of artists. H.T. Chen was a dear friend to La MaMa. His loss is deeply felt.

Header photo of H.T. Chen dancing by David Drebin

Photo by Carol Rosegg of dancers (L-R) Hsin-Ya Hou, H.T. Chen (seated), Dian Dong, Fumiko Rose, Dagmar Spain, Rome Quezada, and Jennifer Bishop
Photo by Roy Wright of H.T. Chen