FRI. APR. 12 @ 8PM and SAT. APR. 13 @ 2PM
Tickets starting at $29
Reservations: 215.898.3900 | https://www.annenbergcenter.org/event/kun-yang-lindancers
3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
The critically-acclaimed Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D), one of the country’s only Asian- American, contemporary dance companies, is pleased to announce its Spring home season performances at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Artistic Director Lin’s zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that The New York Times says “create and inhabit worlds of their own.”
Lin has developed a personal movement language that is an unexpected hybrid of Western and Eastern cultures, suffused with strong spiritual underpinnings. Lin draws upon varied influences from his native Taiwan, such as calligraphy, martial arts, tai chi and traditional Chinese dance movements, yet expresses these impulses in a thoroughly contemporary way, borne of his extensive performance experience worldwide.
KYL/D’s performances at the Annenberg Center will feature an exciting new work, “Spring 101” — Lin’s 101st choreographic work, evoking the joy of Spring and the excitement of new beginnings along life’s journey. The ensemble also will present a selection of the company’s signature works, including a reimagined version of ”Chi” to a cast of 9. “Moon”, a striking solo. “The Land,” inspired by the enduring strength of the Tibetan people, and “Dreamscape,” a dreamworld-like abstract dance with original music by Daniel Rhode. KYL/D’s 2019 Spring Season has been made possible, in part, by the generosity of Season Producers Jeremy Siegel and Ellen Schwartz. Lin dedicates these performances in honor of their support.
The KYL/D company consists of 10 dance artists: Mo Liu, Evalina Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Grace Stern, Annielille Gavino, Nikolai McKenzie, Keila Pérez-Vega, Frankie Markocki, Kyan Namazi, Barbara Craig.
Lighting design and stage management by Matthew Lewandowski II
ABOUT KUN-YANG LIN/DANCERS (KYL/D) Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active KYL/D probes at the limits of national identity. Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Executive Artistic Director Lin’s zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that The New York Times says “create and inhabit worlds of their own.” Lin draws upon multicultural insights from his ongoing research throughout Asia, creating a personal movement language that is an unexpected hybrid between Western and Eastern cultures, suffused with strong spiritual underpinnings.
KYL/D has performed around the world, including at the Tanzmesse International Dance Festival (Dusseldorf), Busan International Dance Festival (Korea), Jogia International and AsiaTri festivals (Indonesia), Festival Internacional de Danza in Queretaro (Mexico), Victoria Theatre (Singapore) and HsinChu Performing Arts Center (Taiwan).
In the U.S., KYL/D has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Interlochen Festival, Columbia Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Annenberg Center, the Kimmel Center, the Forrest Theater, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia’s City Hall.
KYL/D has been supported by numerous funders including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the William Penn Foundation, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation as well as support from the U.S. Department of State.
KUN-YANG LIN (Executive Artistic Director & Founder of CHI MAC) views dance as his first language. Raised in a home where his parents never spoke the same language, Lin learned to communicate most articulately through gesture and action. Many other tensions in his life have shaped Lin’s artistry — he was raised in the faith of his father (Catholicism) in an environment steeped in the traditions of his mother (Buddhism and Taoism); he navigates life as an Eastern immigrant in a Western society. Lin is deeply invested in the dialogues between innovation and tradition, the individual and collective, the visible and invisible – “in-between spaces” that he finds to be fertile ground for exploration.
Among the primary impulses nourishing Lin’s artistry are Buddhist and Taoist world views and the internal energetic flows of many Eastern arts he has practiced over the years including tai chi, martial arts, chi gong, calligraphy, meditation and Chinese opera movement. These impulses are filtered through his extensive training and performance experience across a broad range of contemporary dance techniques and improvisation practices and framed by Lin’s ongoing cross-cultural research in dance as a medium for the integration of body, spirit and mind.
After receiving his BFA from Taiwan National University of the Arts, Lin accepted a fellowship to the Laban Centre in London and a position there with Transitions Dance Company. Following extensive international touring with Transitions, he came to New York in 1994 where he engaged in intensive study at the schools of Graham, Limon, Cunningham and Movement Research. Over the course of 10 years, Lin performed in the companies of many iconic American choreographers including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow and in the companies of Jennifer Muller, Kevin Wynn, Janis Brenner and “post-modernist” dancemakers, Lynn Shapiro and Paula Josa-Jones. In 1998, he formed his own company, KYL/D, to further develop his artistic vision. While in New York, Lin was recognized on multiple occasions by The New York Times, Back Stage and other notable publications for both his dancing and choreography. Lin was awarded a full fellowship to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which he received an MFA in 2003. That year, Temple University recruited Lin to teach and, in 2008, he relocated KYL/D from New York City to Philadelphia and established CHI Movement Arts Center (or “CHI MAC”) to build upon his practice-as-research, deepen his own artistry and advance conversations between the Temple campus and the communities of Philadelphia and beyond. Since 2008, Lin has developed a broad range of programming at CHI MAC for aspiring, professional dancers and community members including the InHale Performance Series for emerging dance artists.
Lin’s choreography has been commissioned by numerous companies including Dance Ensemble Singapore, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Ballet Philippines and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.
“… evocative performance that drew audience members into a physical and primal world, but one, which also hearkened to a very human spirituality and sense of unity.” — Knight Arts Foundation
“… Lin’s works are artistic adventures that captivate on many levels… if you let yourself go with his flow, you don’t just watch it – you feel it, too.”— Philadelphia City Paper
“Masterful… exudes a spirituality that’s matchless in the local dance scene.”— Broad Street Review