Kun-Yang Lin’s home season features premiere of SANTUARIO, April 27-29

Informed by diverse philosophies, living traditions and contemplative practices of Asian origin, the multi-ethnic KYL/D creates technically-demanding, contemporary work of poetic sensibility by Kun-Yang Lin that “continue to push artistic boundaries” (Dance Enthusiast). KYL/D’s home season features the world premiere of SANTUARIO — a moving response to the tragic shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando — and the critically acclaimed ONE: Immortal Game — an exploration of humankind’s rituals surrounding the drive to win.

SANTUARIO, a new work choreographed by Kun-Yang Lin with his ensemble, KYL/D, is being created in response to the tragic shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The work delves into the rage and politics fueling our fear-based culture, exploring themes of alienation, gender identity, race relations and demonization of “the other.” As much an homage to the victims as it is an embodied cry for our common humanity, SANTUARIO will be accompanied by a sound score designed by Cory Neale that incorporates Club mix Reggasoca, Arvo Part and excerpts from Jameson Fitzpatrick’s “Poem for Pulse.”

KYL/D’s critically acclaimed work, ONE: Immortal Game, serves as a complementary piece for the new work. A dynamic meditation on the journey from external division to internal oneness, ONE takes the game of chess as its point of departure. “One proceeds from an embodied exploration of some of the more obvious parallels between chess and dance to an examination, via the dancing body, of the less apparent but compelling resonances I see, including the utility of both chess and dance as holistic vehicles for the development of an integrated human being, and chess as an art and a practice for living, which is how I conceive of dance,” explained Kun-Yang Lin, choreographer and artistic director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Lin continued: “Just as chess includes, and is not limited to, the pieces, the chess board and the way the pieces are moved on the board, so, too, dance is not confined merely to the shapes, the forms, the space and the bodies that make them. The totality of each of them is much more than that – it includes the stories communicated or explored on the board/in the space, the personal processes of the players/dancers. The dynamics among them, the politico-historical context in which the game/dance plays out, and ultimately, in my view, the relationship of all of this to our common humanity.”

Join the artists for a Post-Show Conversation following the Sat. 2:30pm performance. A safe space for questions, comments and conversation.

Join the artists for two Pre-Show Encounters at KYL/D’s studio in South Philly. Encounter. Share. Unravel the creative process. March 30 @ 7:30pm, Deconstructing SANTUARIO and April 13 @ 7:30pm, Deconstructing One: Immortal Game, for more info. Visit

The concert features performances by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers’ Jessica Warchal-King, Liu Mo, Evalina Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Annielille Gavino-Kollman, Grace Stern, Nikolai McKenzie, Keila Perez-Vega, Frank Leone, Frankie Markocki (Apprentice) and Shaness Kemp (former KYL/D artist & guest performer).

Lighting design by Stephen Petrilli and costumes by Heidi Barr and KYL/D.


KYL/D will donate $5 of EVERY ticket sold to be shared by:

  • New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
  • William Way LGBT Community Center
  • Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

About Kun-Yang Lin Dancers
Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active, South Philadelphia-based KYL/D is committed to practicing a fearless physicality that resonates with the soul, probing questions that shape us as individuals and communities and inviting audiences to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery. Proceeding from a rich frame informed by living traditions,contemplative practices and diverse philosophies of Asian origin, the company creates contemporary dances that transcend cultural boundaries. 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.” More info at

About Kun-Yang Lin, Artistic Director of KYL/D
Taiwan-born Lin is an artist-educator who dances in the spaces between East and West, the visible and invisible, innovation and tradition, the individual and collective. Known for its “distinctive blend of traditional and Western dance [that] has the dark, bold force of a woodcut print” (New York Times), Lin’s choreography is widely acclaimed by critics and audiences throughout the United States and abroad. His artistry promises to “transport…us back to the beginning of humanity and the wellspring of our beings” (Backstage) and has been described as “deeply spiritual, remarkable.” (Dance Magazine). 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, chi gong, calligraphy and meditation filtered through extensive training and performance experience across a broad range of contemporary dance techniques and improvisation practices and framed by ongoing cross-cultural research in dance as a medium for the integration of body, spirit and mind. Lin’s journey as an immigrant navigating tensions between his Eastern/traditional roots and his contemporary interests and embodied research inform his view of dance as a calling that transcends particular labels, shapes and movement. Lin’s artistry has been presented worldwide, from Lincoln Center to Jacob’s Pillow to the Tanzmesse International Dance Festival, and has received support from leading funders of the arts including the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, the Independence Foundation and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

KYLD’s 2017 season at Prince Theater has been made possible, in part, by the generosity of a multi- year matching funds grant from Jeremy Siegel and Ellen Schwartz.

KYL/D’s Home Season

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
THU APR 27, 2017 8:00 PM
FRI APR 28, 2017 8:00 PM
SAT APR 29, 2017 2:30 PM
SAT APR 29, 2017 8:00 PM
Tickets: $22 to $38

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