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
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.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D)
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00pm
Zellerbach Theater at Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia
CHI (2002) (2018 reimagined version)
Choreography: Kun-Yang Lin Costumes: Heather McGinnis Music: Glen Velez
A group piece inspired by the ancient art forms of tai chi and calligraphy, Chi, which means breath, energy or life’s source, which is a central element in KYL/D’s outreach initiatives. The New York Times described it as “a buoyant, radiant dance.” Premiere: April 12, 2002, KYL/D at The Taipei Theater, NYC
Choreography: Kun-Yang Lin Costumes: Kun-Yang Lin Music: Dead Can Dance
Moon is a signature solo work of Kun-Yang Lin considered “a powerful piece of choreography.” – Knight Foundation. The highly technical solo contrasts moments of lush dynamism with captivating stillness. Premiere: September 18, 1994, at Dancespace Project, NYC
The Land (2000)
Choreography: Kun-Yang Lin Costumes: Tamaki Kawano, Kun-Yang Lin, and Sarah McCorriston Music: Philip Glass, Lama Gyurmes, Jean-Philippe Rykiel, Kirby Schelstad Photography: Harry Beach
A multi-media, multi-sectioned group work inspired by the struggles and enduring strength of the Tibetan people, The Land has been described as: “Powerful simplicity” (New York Times); “Brilliantly constructed…combines a fresh approach to conventional craft with a commitment to contemporary social-consciousness” (Back Stage); “A post-postmodernist dance…effective and affective” (Ballet Review). Premiere: June 29, 2000, at The Yard, Chilmark, MA
Pilgrimage: The Company
Compassion: Kyan Namazi and Weiwei Ma
Our Land: Mo Liu, Keila Pérez-Vega, Frankie Markocki, Grace Stern and Weiwei Ma (Annielille Gavino)
Hope: Evalina Carbonell
Faith: The Company
Choreography: Kun-Yang Lin Costumes: Cat O’Callaghan Music: Daniel Rhode
Dreamscape creates “an other-world experience with a continual shifting of bodies and shapes,” designing a “brilliant interplay [of] powerful and striking syncopation of movement” – Dance Journal. Premiere: April 14, 2016, KYL/D at The Prince Theater, Philadelphia
Spring 101 (World Premiere)
Choreography: Kun-Yang Lin Music: Telemann (Suite in F Major for Horn, 2 Oboes & Strings- III. Der Alster Echo), Stolzel (Concerto in D for 6 Trumpets & Strings), Purcell (The Staircase Overture in B Flat for 2 violins & Basso continuo), Handel (Water Music), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons- Spring II. Largo), Sammartini (Concerto in C for Viola Pomposa & String I. Andante), Bach (Harpsichord in G Minor-First Mov.) Sound Design: Cory Neale Lighting Design: Matthew Lewandowski II Costume Design: Jill Peterson.
This world premiere breathes new life into Baroque music through a pairing of contemporary movement and sound design. Evoking the joy of Spring and the excitement of new beginnings, Spring 101, marks Lin’s 101st choreographic work in his creative journey.
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