Chou Shu-Yi’s artistic career as an independent choreographer started in 2011. Through dance, he expresses his life experiences and journeys, reexamines his own life, and connects dance and body with environment and society, creating “a physical vocabulary of our own.” He has visited New York and Paris as an artist-in-residence, while he has also received several prizes from international dance competitions. In 2011, he founded the dance company Shu-Yi & Dancers and started several collaboration projects with dancers and artists from other fields. Since its establishment, it has presented Dance-travel project-1875 RAVEL AND BOLERO, which has already traveled numerous cities and completed 45 performances, Next Choreography Project, which offers a platform for younger-generation choreographers, major performances such asReenactment, Reenactment - In the Midst of Memories, and Chou’s solo dance piece About Living.
His work 1875 Ravel & Bolero in 2009, which won the First Prize of Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s very first “International Dance Competition Award” in UK, was invited to have two performances at the same theatre and was invited to perform at New York’s Fall for Dance Festival in the following October. In the same year, Start with the Body earned a bronze medal in Denmark's choreography competition “Cross Connection Ballet.”