Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Debut at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct 22

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) announces its first domestic tour since the pandemic with a debut evening-length performance at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. KYL/D. one of the country’s premier contemporary Asian-American dance companies celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, spirit, and mind.

The company’s performance will include acclaimed repertoire, including Moon (1994), a signature solo work, Chi (2002), a piece inspired by the ancient art forms of tai chi and calligraphy, Santuario (2017), described as “stunning…profoundly moving” (HuffPost), and a preview of the company’s latest work, Fish & Girl. This dynamic concert weaves together older pieces from KYL/D’s beginning, with relevant contemporary works that reflect on social consciousness around the themes of climate change, gun violence, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Each work demonstrates Lin’s deep investment 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. The evening will culminate with a Q&A, allowing the audience and artists to exchange dialogue, questions, ideas, and connections made when viewing and performing the work.

KYL/D Dance Artists: Evalina Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Grace Stern, Keila Pérez-Vega, Sophie Malin, Ariel Isakowitz, Dom Brown, Jamaal Bowman, Marcel Santiago Marcelino (apprentice), and Shiyu Wang (apprentice).

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers is a professional dance company based in Philadelphia. Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, KYL/D probes at the limits of national identity. Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Executive Artistic Director, Kun-Yang Lin’s zen-inspired practice manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that The New York Times says “create and inhabit worlds of their own.”

KYL/D has performed around the world. In the U.S, the company has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Interlochen Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, the Annenberg Center, the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, and Philadelphia’s City Hall. The company 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.

KYL/D Debut at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 22nd @7:30PM
Tickets: Adults: $32, Children 12 and under: $27
More information: https://secure.uptownwestchester.org/73/74

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