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Arts and Lectures Series Hosts Kun-Yang Dancers

March 4, 2014

The Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University will present KUN-YANG LIN/DANCERS (KYL/D) on Thursday, March 27 in the Marian Anderson Music Center at 7:30 pm.  Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active, South-Philadelphia based KYL/D probes at the limits of national identity. Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin's Zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that The New York Times says "create and inhabit worlds of their own."

KYL/D is one of the country's foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies.  Described as "deeply spiritual, remarkable" (Dance Magazine), the company celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit, inviting viewers to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery. 

Taiwan-born Lin, Founder of CHI Movement Arts Center, is acknowledged as one of Taiwan's finest choreographers.  He probes at the limits of national identity, drawing upon Eastern philosophy while expanding the perimeter of Western contemporary dance. Lin has received numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Award, the Taiwan Outstanding Artist Award and was honored in his hometown by Mayor Hisin-Chu.

At the age of 12, Lin organized the first all-male dance troupe to perform in his native village of Hsin Chu. His early training in calligraphy, painting, figure skating and martial arts came to play a significant role in his development as a performer and choreographer.

Before moving to to the U.S., Lin performed the works of numerous European post-modernist & contemporary choreographers on tour worldwide with London-based Transitions Dance Company. In New York City he continued his body research on the sources of American modern dance including  Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey Repertory Dance Company, Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Anna Sokolow, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Kevin Wynn Collection, Paula Josa-Jones, Janis Brenner & Dancers, and in improvisation projects with renowned musician John Zorn and award-winning artist, Lynn Shapiro.

Lin's choreography has been presented in Asia, Southeast Asia, London, Vienna and Mexico and the US. Highly sought as a teacher, Lin regularly offers master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. Lin has been widely recognized for his dancing and choreography including Back Stage, which selected him as "the year's most promising choreographer in NYC." The New York Times has called Lin "an extraordinary dancer" and The Philadelphia Inquirer has hailed him as a "theatrical visionary... outstanding choreographer and compelling performer."

As founder of the CHI Movement Arts Center in Philadelphia, Lin has been named "Artist of the City" by the Painted Bride Art Center for his outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of Philadelphia. Other honors include  "Pride of the City" for his cultivation of artistic excellence in Phildelphia and he was named one of Philadelphia's "Creative Connectors" in 2011.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth and non-Cheyney students and are available at www.cheyney.ticketleap.com or at the box office one hour before the program. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time and parking is free.

Admission is free for Cheyney faculty, staff and students with ID. For more information, call 610-399-2365. Please Note: All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

The Arts and Lectures Series is sponsored by a grant Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).