Born in Shaanxi, China, Wu Di trained at Shanghai Dance School, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship and Royal Swedish Ballet School, where he graduated in 2015. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member the same year.
With Hong Kong Ballet, Wu has performed the featured roles of Italian Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) and danced in John Meehan's Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Anna-Marie Holmes’ Le Corsaire, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, Webre’s The Great Gatsby, Yuri Ng’s Ballet Classics for Children: The Sleeping Beauty, Jiří Kylián's Sechs Tänze, Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Jorma Elo's Shape of Glow, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit and Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang. Prior to joining the Company, he performed in Natalia Conus’ and Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow.
He won second prize in the Senior Division of The Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition in 2015 and received an Outstanding Performance Award in the Junior Division at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2012.
1. Why did you start dancing?
Because I didn’t want to go to school when I was little.
2. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
It was Swan Lake with the Royal Swedish Ballet.
3. What is the most challenging ballet you have danced and what made it so challenging?
It must be Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, because it was originally choreographed for The Royal Ballet. I’ve watched it so many times since I was little, and it has always been my dream to dance this masterpiece. So when I got this chance to do it, I had this very high standard in my head from watching The Royal Ballet, so it made me a bit nervous in rehearsals. All the movements are quite challenging physically, especially when you’re on stage, you have to dance with the live orchestra music. You have to concentrate on the music, but meanwhile you’re thinking about all the movements and corrections.
4. What is the attribute you most like about yourself?
5. What is your favourite food?
6. What would you be if you were not a dancer?
7. What is your personal style?
8. Where is the most interesting place you have ever visited or want to visit?
I want to visit Tromsø in Norway, because I want to see the northern lights.