Wu Yanmei (MeiMei)

Actress, dancer & musician

Trained in dance and music from an early age, originally from Jiangsu province, China, MeiMei (WU Yanmei) is a dancer, singer, actress and Chinese zither player who has since gone on to perform to international acclaim. In 2006 she gained her MMus in (East Asian) Music Performance from SOAS, University of London and was also selected by Theatre-Rites, a London-based theatre company, to receive a bursary for minority ethnic visual artists/choreographers.

In 2009, she was nominated and short-listed for the 2009 Big Ben Award, the Ten Outstanding Chinese Young Persons in the UK Award.

MeiMei performed Jurong in the Royal Philharmonic Society award-winning opera Confucius Says at the Hackney Empire (HMDT). Other theatre credits include: MeiMei in Lighten Up (Unicorn Theatre, London); Master Yin/Lady Meng in The First Emperor (Yellow Earth Theatre); Riko in Peace Pagoda (Royal Opera House, London); and Weaver Girl in Defying Fate (Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, in collaboration with Scottish Composer Eddie McGuire).

MeiMei was involved in the production of an educational DVD 'Reel Lives Shanghai' by Music for Change as presenter and musician. The DVD is now being used in many schools in the UK. Find out more and how to purchase the DVD here.

MeiMei also enjoys filmmaking and language teaching. She completed her MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London in September 2011, and completed her MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Sheffield University in September 2012. She taught Chinese at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2012 to 2014, and is currently reading for a PhD in Heritage and Performance at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

MeiMei co-founded the Chinese Opera Association, Scotland. The association has been organising free weekly Chinese kunqu opera singing study sessions based at University of Edinburgh.

Professional Services
MeiMei performs Chinese dance, kunqu opera, and Chinese zither. She also offers quality Chinese dance, music, storytelling workshops for people of all ages.

Live/Work Region
All over the UK but mainly in Edinburgh.

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Updated on 26 November, 2016


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