Through the Faith Project, Kun-Yang Lin will choreograph a new, abstract dance work for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers that contemplates the relationship between religious practice and contemporary dance. An important part of the project consists of “story circle” encounters with
community participants from various faith perspectives, dance artists and other artistic collaborators that integrate fruitful dialogue with simple movement practices.
Engaging with practitioners of various religions in story circle encounters, Lin and his company of dancers will consider the role movement plays in religious rituals and actions, and how the artistic process can provide both artists and audience members with a space for exploring religious differences and spiritual commonalities. The company will work with the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia to recruit community participants, who will engage in verbal and physical call-and-response activities with the dancers and the project's multimedia and sound design collaborators. Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers will collaborate with Kimerer LaMothe—a scholar working at the intersection of dance and religion who has written extensively on how the body can be a vehicle for spiritual practice—to structure the story circle conversations. The company will explore new possibilities in visual design with multimedia designer Jared Mezzocchi, and composer/sound designer Cory Neale will create a sound score for the final work, to be performed March 22-24, 2018 at Prince Theater.
Major support for the Faith project has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Faith Project Collaborators
Kun-Yang Lin: Choreographer
Kun-Yang Lin is founding Artistic Director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (“KYL/D”) & Co-founder of KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts Center in Philadelphia. Currently, Lin is Professor of Dance at Temple University. Lin received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School and his BFA from Taiwan National University of the Arts.
Jared Mezzocchi: Multimedia Designer
Jared Mezzocchi is a multimedia designer who received his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. He is currently on faculty at University of Maryland, College Park, where he leads the projection design track in the MFA Design program. He is a resident artist at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC and has directed and/or designed at theaters across the U.S. including CityRama (Torino, Italy).
The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia: Consultant
The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia was founded in 2004 to advance trust and understanding in a region blessed with richness of cultural and religious diversity. From grassroots to leadership, the Interfaith Center contributes to the area's strength and vitality through multi-faith collaboration, education, dialogue, and service.
Kimerer LaMothe: Scholar and Thought partner
Kimerer LaMothe, PhD is an advocate for dance. As a philosopher and scholar of religion, author of five books and myriad articles, LaMothe investigates the values that undergird modern western culture’s perceptions and practices of dancing. As a dance artist, she creates opportunities for people to experience dance as generative of human knowledge. She communicates this message through a monthly blog at Psychology Today.
Cory Neale: Sound Designer & Composer
Cory Neale is an architect, bassist/composer, and sound designer from Philadelphia, PA and a graduate of Temple University School of Architecture. He is resident composer and sound designer for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Birds on a Wire Dance Theater.
Bob Finkelstiein: Videographer
Bob Finkelstein is a Philadelphia-based videographer and visual story teller with extensive experience documenting live performances and conducting interviews that are used as promotional materials for arts organizations, nonprofits and businesses in and around the Philadelphia region.