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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers 2012 home season comes to the Painted Bride with Beyond the Bones

The critically-acclaimed and internationally active Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) is pleased to announce its 2012 home season show featuring the Philadelphia premiere of “Beyond the Bones” at The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia on March 29, 30 and 31, 2012 at 8pm.  This year’s concert follows three consecutive seasons of KYL/D’s sold-out shows presented by The Painted Bride.

In his groundbreaking, contemporary works, Lin has developed a personal movement language that is an unexpected hybrid of Western and Eastern cultures.  “His distinctive blend of traditional and Western dance has the dark, bold force of a woodcut print” New York Times.  Lin draws upon diverse, multicultural influences including many from his formative years in Taiwan, such as calligraphy, painting, martial arts, tai chi and traditional Chinese and Southeast Asian dance movements, yet expresses these impulses in a thoroughly contemporary way, borne of his extensive performance experience worldwide.  Through the lens of an immigrant artist finely trained in Asian movement traditions, contemplative practices, Eastern philosophy and Western, contemporary dance techniques, Lin’s work grapples with the complexities inherent in a prevailing, dualistic culture, where motion and stillness, form and formlessness, silence and sound, multiplicity and oneness are perceived as opposites.  In cultivating his dancers to coalesce around shared values, Lin seeks to explore our common humanity while calling forth the gifts of each individual. Indeed, it has been said that “Lin has found the key to making dances that show what individuals are all about.” New York Times Radio.

The concert will feature the Philadelphia premiere of “Beyond the Bones”, an evening-length, interdisciplinary, contemporary dance, theater and performance work.  While inspired by Kun-Yang Lin’s witnessing of the events of September 11, the sudden passing of his father and his own brush with mortality, Beyond the Bones is a reflection on the generosity of spirit that springs from the midst of suffering.  As the locus of our deepest feelings, the seat of our instincts as well as the armature for our public masks, our bones are thirsty to unite with the universal well that feeds our souls.  Beyond technically demanding movement, beyond an inspired soundscape of Eastern and Western music and live vocals; beyond embodied mythologies of diverse cultures, “Beyond the Bones” is an adventure that “transports us back to the beginning of humanity and the wellspring of our beings.”  Backstage Magazine.

Special guest artists include Rhonda Moore, founding member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performing a contemporary Indonesian mask solo; Janis Brenner, NYC’s award-winning choreographer, vocalist and former member of Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble leading a chorale of university and community singers; and visual artist Alison Stigora who will be creating a visual art installation of charred wood that cocoons the audience and performers within a sacred space.

KYL/D’s dance artists are: Kun-Yang Lin, Jennifer Rose, Olive Prince, Eiren Shuman, Jessica Warchal-King and apprentices Cassandra Cotta and Vuthy Ou.  Lighting Design: Stephen Petrilli, lighting designer for world famous, Pilobolus. Costume Design: Heidi Barr.  Sound Consultant:  Cory Neale.  Object designers:  puppeteer HuaHua Zhang, sculptor Steve Lohman and glass artist Daniel Cutrone of the Tyler School of Art.

The mission of Kun Yang Lin/Dancers is to draw upon its unique Asian-American perspective to create work that transcends cultural boundaries and celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, mind and spirit.  KYL/D has performed internationally and across the United States, including at the Jogja International Performing Arts Festival and Asia Tri Festival in Java, Indonesia; Hsin Chu Cultural Center in Hsin Chu, Taiwan; Busan International Dance Festival in Busan, Korea; Festival Internacional de Danza in Queretaro, Mexico;  the Victoria Theatre in Singapore; the Interlochen Arts Festival in Michigan; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Columbia Festival of the Arts in Maryland; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in New York City at The Japan Society, Queens Theatre In The Park and the Dancing in the Streets Festival.  WHYY/PBS honored Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers with a nationally broadcast, 30-minute documentary in its award-winning On Canvas series in 2011.  KYL/D also was featured by MindTV in its celebrated 2011 broadcast series A World of Dance in Philadelphia.  For more information about the Company, please visit www.kunyanglin.org.

Kun-Yang Lin, Artistic Director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers & Founder of CHI Movement Arts Center, is acknowledged as one of Taiwan’s finest choreographers.  He has received numerous awards in Taiwan and been widely recognized in the United States for both his dancing and choreography including, in 2002, by Back Stage, which selected Lin as “the year’s most promising choreographer.”  Lin has performed throughout Europe with Transitions Dance Company and in the U.S. in the companies of Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Kevin Wynn Collection, Paula Josa-Jones, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Doris Humphrey Repertory Dance Company and the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, where he also served as Associate Artistic Director.  He has been called “an extraordinary dancer” (New York Times), “theatrical visionary…outstanding choreographer and compelling performer.” (Philadelphia Inquirer).  In Philadelphia, Lin or KYL/D has been the recipient of grants from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance (multiple grants), the Philadelphia Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Temple University and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.  In 2009, Lin was named by the Painted Bride Art Center an “Artist of the City” for his outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of Philadelphia.  In 2010, the Mayor of Hsin-Chu, Kun-Yang’s hometown honored him as a “son of the City” for his cultivation of artistic excellence at the international level and in 2011 he was named a “Creative Connector” through a nomination process coordinated by Leadership Philadelphia.

Lin’s choreography, described as “deeply spiritual, remarkable” (Dance Magazine), has been presented throughout the United States as well as in Asia, Southeast Asia, London, Vienna and Mexico. His work has been performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company in Union Square, Dance Compass, Dance Fusion, Blue Muse Dance, Pick of the Crop Dance, Elizabeth Higgins Dance Theater, Moving Arts Project, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Dance Ensemble Singapore and Ballet Nacional de Mexico, as well as by numerous universities and high schools.  In addition, Lin’s choreography has been made part of the dance curricula at Taiwan National University of the Arts, SUNY Buffalo and Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES) Performing Arts Academy.

Highly sought as a teacher, Lin is regularly invited to offer master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad.  In addition, he has been on the faculty of The Yard, H.B. Actor’s Studio, Peridance International Dance Center and The Limon Institute.  Since 2003, Lin has been a Professor at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance in Philadelphia.  For more information please visit: www.kunyanglin.org

- Steven Weisz

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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