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
Diving deeper into the specific movements performed in faith traditions, Jessica contemplates, How do we “perform” religion?Read More
After observing a KYL/D rehearsal, Jessica explains how Kun-Yang integrates the community engagements and dance artist experiences into his choreography and how his creative process relates directly to his movement practice, CHI Awareness.Read More
Jessica reflects on the first story circle engagement as part of the Faith Project. One of exercises included scholar and story circle facilitator, Kimerer LaMothe, posing three questions to the participants:
What do you most love?
What do you most fear?
From what do you draw your greatest strength?
A significant element of the Faith Project are story circles with community members, but what is a story circle? Jessica breaks down what a story circle looks like, who participates, and why its important.Read More
KYL/D senior dance artist Jessica Warchal-King is the community blogger for KYL/D's upcoming endeavor, the Faith Project. In this post, Jessica explains the top 10 reasons why she is excited to embark on the Faith ProjectRead More