SANCTUARY AUDIENCE FEEDBACK
"I wanted badly to finish the sketches of Santuario and fully re-experience the image that was left in my mind at the end of the dance. The image of the entire ensemble, men and women, taking their shirts off in a line and the motion that I witnessed, chaotic and emotional, which happened behind them earlier reminded me of Raphael's Transfiguration painting after taking an Italian Renaissance Class at University of Pennsylvania."
“Thanks so much to all of you! So moving and beautiful - We will continue to spread the word - Until next time”
“Thank you for sharing your company's lovely and humanely important work.”
“Thank you, Kun-Yang, and the brilliant company for a beautiful and moving experience. It will live in me”
"Bravo bravo! Tonight's World Premiere was astounding, passionate, intense, impactful and so emotionally engaging. I was in tears when I left with feelings of sadness, pain, hurt, confusion and turmoil that was demonstrated so artistically by the Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, yet the takeaway of LOVE which implies forgiveness was a message that help heal and soothe the emotions that were emerged. I congratulate Kun-Yang Lin and his dancers for using this format to share this trauma, but express a positive outcome of love and forgiveness so we can move, breathe and look beyond gender, race and seek ways to change racist behavior, change violent exchanges, to see all mankind as equal and seek spiritual healing. Thank you for Sanctuary.”
"Friends, I just saw Kun-Yang Lin's SANCTUARY and it was incredibly moving. ONE: Immortal Game starts the show with crisp choreographic metaphors, and SANTUARIO closes it out with shocking power - it's disturbing yet beautiful. This is definitely a show to take home with you. Go see it!”
“This is an incredibly powerful show. Take the time a check it out this weekend at the Prince Theater.”
“Absolutely stunning performance from Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. A must see event this weekend!”
“This is honestly one of my favorite shows come into existence. Every time I've gotten the chance to sit in on rehearsal I find it very hard not to burst into tears. It is going to be absolutely incredible. Everyone should come see it!”
“Went last night to the opening at Prince Theatre (BTW traffic was not an issue). Blown away with emotion and awe. The mastery of movement, the music and the lighting created a first class experience of theatrical contemporary dance at its best.”
“Philadelphians time to go!!! and see what your local KYL/D troupe has to say about life's challenging times. Reading and watching news clips last year about the awful targeted shooting in the Pulse night club only becomes truly real through the brilliantly choreographed vision of Kun-Yang. A suspended succession of profound moments that touches your heart for all humanity and certainly speaks to the vulnerability of the LGBT community."
"Beyond amazing! This show will stay with me for a long time!"
"I saw the unity of Daoism in the first part, and the kindness of Humanism in the second part.”
“I always feel that dancing is such a beautiful art format, it can simply shake your soul through soundless movements. KYL/D did it last night, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's feel the running tears on my face."
“Last night's Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers' concert was great. Santuario is best dance I have ever seen! Touched my heart and soul! Everyone should go see it this weekend at Prince Theater!"
“Extraordinary, thought-provoking, dynamic and exciting. So wonderful. And I loved the costumes.”
“Thank you and your beautiful dance company for a very moving performance Saturday afternoon. As you saw, I was moved to tears. "Sanctuary" was so powerful, and beautifully performed. Thank you all for "resisting", as the saying goes since the election, and speaking out as best you know how... with your bodies and your grace. I look forward to your next performance in Philadelphia.”
“You're all amazing and inspiring. I aspire to perform as well as you. Can't wait to take class at KYL/D asap!”
“Intense, inspiring, thought provoking”
“Loved the performance. Technically talented and very empowering dancing. Words cannot describe the 2nd act- You captured so much emotion and made it into art.”
“Dramatic, exciting, innovative, empowering.”
“Stunning, stirring and haunting performance. Congratulations to Kun-Yang Lin, KYL/Dancers, staff, Ken Metzner, and board!”
“Congratulations all; beauty and hope are your messages. What better prospect than that?”
“Please let the company know how beautifully I think they'll performed Saturday night! Their performance was stellar, and the choreography was so moving and well crafted”
“Kudos Kun-Yang! How wonderful that you're doing this work.”
“If you are able to make it to see the last showing of this amazing piece please do!!!! It's is a memorable and touching performance”
“Go see it!”
“Many thanks to our friends at KYL/D for creating this powerful work."
“You guys were great! Congratulations to all!”
“You articulated this beautifully, as we experienced everything you said, too! Was is Jessica who said the audience is in your care? You, as artists, took us on the journey with you...I am blessed to have witnessed it twice! All of your performances will be forever in my heart!”
“I’m still seeing images from your performances. Beauty and horror combined in my mind”
“Kimberly enjoyed it so much, she had tears in her eyes”
“...moving, inspirational, thought-provoking piece”
“You don’t want to miss this experience”
“One of, if not the best dance concert I have ever seen!! Do not miss it if you like dance”
“You are were truly inspiring!”
“When Arts and Charity meet, it’s a beautiful thing”
“Absolutely heart wrenchingly gorgeous amazing visually stunning performance by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. I am so lucky to know you beautiful people. Thank you for that performance.”
“Beautiful people, beautiful art in motion”
“It was a wonderful and powerful performance. Few dances I have ever seen touched me the way Santuario did. Bravo to all!”
“Congratulations on a successful home season run. I was able to catch Saturday evening's show, and as usual, I was equally impressed with the company's technical prowess as I was with your bravery and candor in tackling some of the heaviest political issues of our time. Thanks for an engaging and striking performance!”
“What a great show!”
“Friday night was wonderful. People around me were saying it was the strongest work yet.”
“All performers did a fantastic job during both routines at Prince Theatre, thanks again for that. I also wanted to make mention that part of what made SANTUARIO so powerful was the segment that the dancers were displaying emotions to the aftermath of the shooting. Jessica's blood curdling screams were reminiscent to a horror production which captured the events vividly.”
“I attended Thursday night's show and was breath taken. Confronting the divide that is prevalent in society today and answering with love and acceptance is a message that I can really resonate with.”
“Powerful. As always, the athleticism of that troupe is amazing. I thought the words at the end of the second piece weren't necessary, we already were there with the movement."
“It was such an absolute pleasure to experience your work."
“Santuario is devastatingly beautiful. I appreciated how present I was with the individual humans as well as the ensemble. A diverse and gorgeous cast, with a lot to say with their bodies - energy well spent towards urgent purpose. Thank you”
“Thank you so much. We both loved it!!! Geoff cried during Santuario”
“I was blown away by Santuario. ‘Love can't stop a bullet. A bullet can't stop love.’”
“The KYL/D show...was FANTASTIC and haunting. Dance was so expressive it became a document of emotions.”
“It was phenomenal!! I was literally in a trance watching the performers”
“Every movement is timed perfectly and done deliberately. Even if there is no music, dancers still move as one! It is so emotionally charged; even if you're not ‘into’ Modern dance, You. Will. Be. Moved!”
“Even days later, the show still is having an impact on me.”
“Temple Friends and Everyone I know in Philly, if you have not had the chance to see Kun-Yang Lin's dance company performance this weekend at the Prince Theater, it's a must see! This is the kind of art that changes people and makes the world a better place!!!! ... You need to GO! It will make you look at art and dance in a whole new way!”
“You all were so hot you set the fire alarm off :) Keep it up!”
“We loved it and highly recommend to anyone to attend one of the performances.”
“Wanted to tell you that I am still thinking about the dances i saw on April 27! They were amazing especially "Santuario" which was stunning and meaningful on so many levels. I was especially aware of the visual effects of the dancer's movements and the lighting.... everything worked so well together and was astounding!! The group posings at the end reminded me of Renaissance paintings, including the Last Supper.”
“Best modern dance piece I’ve ever seen”
“Had the privilege of seeing the performance on Saturday as a gift from my daughter. It was truly magnificent”
“Thank you for allowing me to be your guest at last nights’ performance. I am sorry I could not stay to congratulate everyone after the performance...I really was pleased to see the company as it has been several years since I was able to attend. I enjoyed the dancers and the dancing, as well as the choreographic concepts. It is amazing there is so much wonderful dance here in the city and all so very different. It certainly proves NYC doesn’t own dance and Philadelphia is second to none, your program proved that. So thank you again for my ticket and for all you do. Congratulations to all the dancers”