Fall Studio Series
Photo: Rob Li. Pictured: KYL/D Dance Artist Weiwei Ma

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Fall Studio Series Nov 5-6

The ten-member professional ensemble, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D), presents its first local, evening-length, indoor performance since March 2020. Situated between the Italian Market and East Passyunk Crossing is KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts Center, where attendees can watch the company perform in the same space where the artistry happens– described by former Governor Ed Rendell as “a place where the entire Philadelphia community can experience the art of multicultural creative dance expression.”

As the performing arts industry gradually returns to indoor performances, KYL/D is excited to welcome the public into its studio space for an intimate performance series where attendees can encounter the dance artists up close— sensing the unique Chi energy the company is known for:

An organization that performs choreography by Founder and Exec. Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin, the company has expanded its vision to foster new works by Lin’s dance artists–the next generation of dance-makers who are steeped in the company’s mission and values. KYL/D is proud to announce this fall series includes a newly commissioned work by senior dance artist, Evalina Carbonell, titled Bellow

The weekend also includes a preview of Lin’s latest work, Lydia (excerpt), performed by Grace Stern, which will later have its world premiere with a live orchestra as part of the Women’s Sacred Music Project. As well, the program includes a re-envisioning of The Wind, which premiered during the Penn Live Arts (formerly the Annenberg Center) Spring 2021 Digital Series, marking Lin’s first performance in over 8 years. This version will take on new meaning, as it will be performed by senior dance artist Weiwei Ma.

The event will include light refreshments and the ability to chat with the artists. Following the Saturday, November 6th 3:00pm show, there will be a structured Q&A segment open to all attendees.

KYL/D DANCE ARTISTS: Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Grace Stern, Keila Pérez-Vega, Sophie Malin, Ariel Isakowitz, Dom Brown, Jamaal Bowman, Marcel Santiago Marcelino and Shiyu Wang.

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, 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.”

The company has performed throughout the U.S. and around the world, including at the Tanzmesse International Dance Festival, Busan International Dance Festival, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Interlochen Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Penn Live Arts, the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Philadelphia’s City Hall.

As of October 5, 2021: In line with the City of Philadelphia guidelines, KYL/D will require proof of full vaccination for all attendees. After vaccination confirmation, mask-wearing will be up to the discretion of each attendee. Due to health and safety, as well as the intimacy of the space, there are a limited number of seats available for this performance series.

KYL/D’s Fall Studio Series is supported by the generosity of its board of directors and individual donors, in addition to many funding partners including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Samuel S Fels Fund, and the William Penn Foundation.

KYL/D Fall Studio Series
November 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm
November 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm & 7:30pm
CHI Movement Arts Center, 1316 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia
Tickets: $20-25
Online at https://www.kyld.org/fall-studio-series

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