An important component of Faith Project is deepening into an understanding of CHI Awareness Practice. How do we, as practitioners of CHI Awareness, talk about this ephemeral, kinesthetic and energetic experience?Read More
Jessica talks with KYL/D dance artists Grace Stern and Nikolai McKenzie about how they experience dance as a contemplative practice.Read More
We stand at the threshold of 2017 and 2018. What awareness have you gained from the past that you carry with you?Read More
"By definition, a door is a barrier. In watching the rehearsal for Faith Project, talking with Kun-Yang, and reflecting on the journey this process has taken over the past few months, I realize more that we’ve been exploring the process of the threshold – the process of existing in the space in-between the known and unknown."Read More
As the holidays approach, Jessica reflects on how Time is an important concept during this season for many religions as well as Kun-Yang's choreographic process.Read More
Bob Finkelstein is a visual story-teller using video as his medium. He’s documenting the process of KYL/D’s Faith Project and is present at the story circles, rehearsals, and work-in-process showings. Bob graciously stood on the other side of the interview and shared some reflections about his journey with KYL/D and the Faith Project.
"I'm a big fan of KYL/D's work, so I'm interested in the opportunity to document the creation of one of the company's pieces from inception to finish."Read More
As we move into the holiday season - a time of reflection and ritual - are you more aware of “meditative states of consciousness?” How do you enter into (and navigate/ accept/ feel) your own “in between spaces”?Read More
Scholar, writer, and dance artist Kimerer LaMothe is KYL/D’s thought partner for Faith Project. She’s been guiding us through the Story Circles, leading us in movement and facilitating discussion. Kimerer took a few moments to dive deeper into her role with KYL/D and her perspectives on dance and religion.Read More
How does your religion inform your sense of identity and community?
Kimerer LaMothe reflects "In our third Story Circle, bodily practices of paying attention appeared as a point of connection between “religion” and “dance.”Read More
In this weeks post, Jessica focuses on how community participants have their own rituals to prepare themselves to share during the story circle engagements.Read More
Can religion and dance in contemporary Western culture...
· Create safe spaces for addressing challenging topics?
· Provide a sense of peace and belonging?
· Become catalysts for dramatic dialogue and opinions?Read More
Jessica talks with KYL/D dance artists Evalina Carbonell and Weiwei Ma about how they experience dance as a contemplative practice.Read More
The second story circle prompted Jessica to explore: what is contemplation? What makes a contemplative practice? In this blog she investigates the definitions of contemplation and how it relates to KYL/D's past and present work.Read More
"The experience in a ritual...has repercussions beyond the ritual itself: participants become the movements they make" Read more of Kimerer's second story circle reflection from her blog on Psychology Today.Read More
Cory Neale is a visual and aural artist. Since 2012, he’s been sharing his sketches, paintings, drawings, and sound arrangements with KYL/D. As KYL/D’s long time collaborator, Cory has been an integral part of the company’s creative process and is one of the collaborators for Faith Project. Here, Cory shares his thoughts about Faith Project and working with KYL/D.Read More
“How can dialoguing around religion enable us to know what contemporary dance can be? How can dancing enable us to know what religion is and can be?”Read More
After KYL/D's second story circle, Jessica explains the interaction between community members and the dance artists when there is both a verbal and physical exchange.Read More
Readers: How do you define “spirituality”? How have you experienced “spirituality” in KYL/D’s work?Read More