About Kun-Yang Lin

Photo Credit: Gabriel Bienczycki

Photo Credit: Gabriel Bienczycki

KUN-YANG LIN is founding Artistic Director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (“KYLD”) & Co-Founder of KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts Center in Philadelphia. Taiwan-born Lin is an artist-educator who dances in the spaces between East and West, the visible and invisible, innovation and tradition, the individual and collective.  Among the primary impulses nourishing his artistry are Buddhist and Taoist world views and the internal energetic flows of many Eastern arts he has practiced over the years including tai chi, chi gong, calligraphy, meditation and Chinese opera movement. These experiences are filtered through extensive training and performance experience across a broad range of contemporary dance techniques and improvisation practices, framed by ongoing cross-cultural research in dance as a medium for the integration of body, spirit and mind.  Lin’s journey as an immigrant navigates tensions between his traditional roots, his contemporary interests and his embodied research, which informs his view of dance as a calling that transcends labels, shapes and movement.

Before moving to the U.S in 1994, Lin toured internationally with London’s Transitions Dance Company, working with numerous post-modernist choreographers. In the U.S., Lin performed in iconic American modern dance companies including the Martha Graham Company and worked with post-modernist choreographers including Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Lynn Shapiro & Paula Josa-Jones. He has been called “an extraordinary dancer” (New York Times), “theatrical visionary…outstanding choreographer and compelling performer” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Lin has been on the faculty of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, H.B. Actor’s Studio, Peridance International Dance Center and the Limon Institute and he offers master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad including Mexico, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Korea, Cambodia, and Taiwan. 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.

"Supreme dedication, discipline, and artistry...he is someone who can give us not only excellent body dancing, but the richness of mind and soul revealed through dancing" - Sara Stackhouse, Rehearsal director of Limón Dance Company
"Kun-Yang Lin is a dancer and choreographer of exceptional talent coupled with great sensitivity and passion." - the late Mary Anthony, former Artistic Director of Mary Anthony Dance Theatre