As a Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance accompanist, Wen Yang has accompanied for many institutions and master-classes, including Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) and the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition, held in
Singapore 2009, London 2010 and Glasgow 2013. He also held the position of Principal Accompanist at the School of the Arts, Singapore from 2007 to 2015. In contemporary dance accompaniment, he employs an arsenal of instruments – piano, guitar, flute, percussion through effects and live-looping technique.
Besides accompaniment, Wen Yang has composed, performed and collaborated in various dance and inter-disciplinary art performances. His collaborations and compositions include works performed by SDT, Raw Moves, Frontier Danceland and Project Y, Scotland. He was also one of the composers for Returning, the opening work of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2015, directed by Mdm Goh Lay Kuan, which has garnered positive reviews for the music.
The improvisatory and interactive nature of dance accompaniment naturally led to his interest in audience interaction and improvisation. He featured some of these works in 2011, as part of the E splanade at the Concourse – Piano Lessons Series, where he explored improvisations and audience interaction. His original initiation with Sherry Tay, Loop Theory, which involves audience participation, motion-tracking technology, music and dance, was awarded the Substation Performance Art Open Call 2011. This technology which was conceptualized and programmed by Wen Yang, was revived and revised to materialise as an interactive sound installation sound x movement, for Run Another Way with Raw Moves in 2014.
Wen Yang is a firm advocate of collaboration, improvisation and dance accompaniment and has held workshops on Music for Dance in Singapore, including an invitation by the Singapore Management University for their annual piano festival – Klaviesta 2011. His current research interest is in unguided interactive sound installations and electroacoustic live manipulation with SuperCollider.