[Philadelphia] The critically-acclaimed Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D), announce its 12th Spring Home Season performances at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2020. The program, MOVING REFLECTIONS ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND HUMANKIND, will feature the US premiere of FISH AND GIRL, a work that suggests the longing for what is lost in our environment as society marches forward. The program will also feature two acclaimed works: EMPTINESS OF SNOW, a global warming-inspired exploration of forces that are seen and unseen; and SANTUARIO — a moving response to the tragic shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Known for his “distinctive blend of traditional and Western dance [that] has the dark, bold force of a woodcut print” (New York Times), Kun-Yang Lin’s choreography is widely acclaimed by critics and audiences throughout the United States, Asia and Mexico. 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).
Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Executive 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 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 2020 Spring Season has been made possible, in part, by the generosity of Season Producers Ellen Schwartz and Jeremt Siegel, to whom Lin dedicates these performances. The KYL/D ensemble consists of 10 dance artists: Evalina Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Grace Stern, Annielille Gavino, Keila Pérez-Vega, Frankie Markocki, Wangbo Zhu, Ariel Isakowitz, Sophie Malin and Emmanuel Williams. Lighting design and stage management by Stephen Pertrilli.
EMPTINESS OF SNOW (2005)
In Zen Buddhism, to arrive at a state of mindful “emptiness” is to know a fullness beyond comprehension. Emptiness of Snow was inspired by the December 2004 tsunami — a shocking manifestation of the unpredictable, unseen forces of nature constantly at work in the universe. Through the complex metaphor of winter — the beautiful innocence of snow; the frigid severity of ice; the brutal spontaneity of a glacier’s collapse — the piece explores the relationship of the world that is seen (the ever-changing world of dimensionality) with the world that is unseen (the never-changing world beyond our mind and senses). Premiere: 2005 at Mulberry Street Theater, NYC
FISH AND GIRL (US Premiere)
Fish and Girl was created in response to an unfinished poem by renowned Singaporean poet, Pan Cheng Lui. It is the first work that Kun-Yang Lin has created in collaboration with Chinese poetry. Fish and Girl explores what happens when you bring together the art forms of dance and poetry. How do these two abstract art forms complement each other? How might contemporary dance complete an unfinished poem and embody the poetic spirit?
The work suggests the longing for what is lost in our environment in the age of globalization, material culture and consumerism. There are the concrete losses — natural resources and living beauty…the earth, air, water, and plant life. And there are the intangible impacts, including on our collective awareness of the importance of caring for one another and our traditions. Premiere: 2019, Dance Ensemble Singapore at Drama Centre Theatre, Singapore.
SANTUARIO was born in response to the tragic shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and has been shaped by the politics of our time. The work delves into the rage and politics fueling our fear-based culture, exploring themes of alienation, gender identity, gun violence, race relations and demonization of “the other” As much an homage to the victims, SANTUARIO is an embodied cry for our common humanity. Premiere: 2017 at Prince Theater, Philadelphia.
About Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D): Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active KYL/D probes at the limits of national identity. The company has performed around the world, including at the Tanzmesse International Dance Festival (Dusseldorf), Busan International Dance Festival (Korea), Jogia International and AsiaTri festivals (Indonesia), Festival Internacional de Danza in Queretaro (Mexico), Victoria Theatre (Singapore) and HsinChu Performing Arts Center (Taiwan).
In the U.S., KYL/D has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Interlochen Festival, Columbia Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, the Painted Bride Art Center, The Egg, the Annenberg Center, the Kimmel Center, the Forrest Theater, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia’s City Hall.
KYL/D 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.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D)
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 2:30pm and 8:00pm
Mandell Theater at Drexel University, 3220 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104