In reflection of the racial injustice, police brutality, disproportionate effects of COVID-19, and other social and economic pressure facing the nation, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) affirms Black Lives Matter and supports efforts that actively work toward racial equity and justice. KYL/D believes in creating and supporting danceworks which address these important issues. Upholding this belief in the power of dance to create meaningful dialogue, take action towards social
change and renew the spirit, KYL/D is sharing its third performance streaming event, the evening
length version of HOME/S. 9th St., on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 through our website:
Local and national organizations are highlighted on our webpage for viewers to choose to directly
donate to, instead of donating to KYL/D– focusing support on black communities. These
organizations are: Black Lives Matter (National), Southern Poverty Law Center (National), and
The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (Philadelphia). Additionally, the company is highlighting
organizations that affirm Black Lives Matter and support immigrant and refugee communities. These
organizations are: Juntos (Philadelphia) and SEAMAAC (Philadelphia).
To honor Juneteenth National Freedom Day (June 19), National Immigrant Heritage Month (June) and
World Refugee Day (June 20), KYL/D is sharing the original premiere performance footage of
HOME/S. 9th St, presented by FringeArts. The work is a personal yet universal exploration of the
immigrant journey, the discomfort of crossing borders and finding a new identity in America.
Premiered in 2015, this work draws on the stories of diverse community members along
Philadelphia’s famed South 9th Street corridor, where KYL/D’s dance center, CHI Movement Arts
Center, is located. The performance streaming is free to the public and hopes to spark fruitful
conversations regarding immigrant journeys, notions of “American-ness” and the meaning of “home”.
KYL/D recognizes the black community is an integral part of our “home.” In conjunction with this
event, KYL/D is reviewing its practices, programs and partnerships to continually improve its support
of the black community and the other diverse communities we serve each year.
The original creation and performance of HOME/S. 9th St. was made possible, in part, by funding
from the PNC Arts Alive program and Temple University’s Presidential Humanities and Arts Research
ABOUT KUN-YANG LIN (Executive Artistic Director & Founder of KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts
Center): Lin 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), and
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 the 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 had 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.
Lin has won numerous awards in Taiwan and been widely recognized in the U.S. for both his dancing
and choreography including, in 2002 by BackStage, which named him “the year’s most promising
choreographer in NYC.” Lin has been on the faculty of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, H.B. Actor’s
Studio, Peridance International Dance Center and The Limon Institute and he offers master classes
and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Lin is Professor of Dance at Temple
University. Lin received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School (on full scholarship) and his
BFA from Taiwan National University of the Arts. In 2016, Lin was selected by NBC News— from a
pool of over 1,600 nominees nationwide— as one of 30 LGBTQ leaders for NBC’s inaugural Pride
Month list of “change makers, innovators and rising stars.” Lin’s choreography has been commissioned
by numerous companies including Dance Ensemble Singapore, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Ballet
Philippines and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.
ABOUT KUN-YANG LIN/DANCERS: Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive
choreography, the internationally active Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers celebrates the ability of dance to
integrate body, spirit and mind, inviting audiences to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery.
Informed by living traditions, contemplative practices and diverse philosophies of Asian origin, the
company creates dances that transcend cultural boundaries. Artistic Director Kun-Yang 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.” For more information, please visit kyld.org.
KYL/D original cast of HOME/S. 9th St: Evalina Carbonell, Brian Cordova, Annielille Gavino, Helen Hale,
Weiwei Ma, Liu Mo, Grace Stern and Jessica Warchal-King Current KYL/D Dance Artists: Evalina Carbonell, Annielille Gavino, Ariel Isakowitz, Weiwei Ma, Sophie Malin, Francis Markocki, Keila Perez-Vega, Grace Stern, Emmanuel Williams and Wangbo Zhu
About Black Lives Matter
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission
is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black
communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating
space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate
improvements in our lives. To learn more, please visit: blacklivesmatter.com
About Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for
the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of
advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will
be a reality. To learn more, please visit: splcenter.org
About The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund
The mission of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is to end cash bail in Philadelphia. The
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is run by a collective of volunteer grassroots organizers and
active members of the community. We are committed to organizing with and for the people most
directly impacted by the racist system of mass incarceration, criminalization and policing. We use a
non-judgmental approach and do not make decisions solely based on a person’s charges. We
respect an individual’s constitutional right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We
invite those we’ve bailed out to lead and organize with us as they are able. To learn more, please
Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for our
human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. We believe that every human being has
the right to a quality education and the freedom to live with dignity regardless of immigration status.
Juntos combines leadership development, community organizing, and focused collaborations with
other community-based and advocacy organizations to build the power of our community members
so they may be active agents of change and work against their own oppression. To learn more,
please visit: vamosjuntos.org
Founded more than 30 years ago by refugees, SEAMAAC’s journey is a story of America shared by a
long tradition & history of many immigrants & refugees who first sought refuge in the United States
and eventually became the cornerstones of our nation. Our commitment in serving people
regardless of race or national origins has inspired our mission and vision in building a stronger
society based on the principles of justice and equity for all. SEAMAAC provides a wide array of direct
services and takes an active approach to building community leadership through education,
organizing and advocacy. To learn more, please visit: seamaac.org