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Internationally Celebrated Kun-Yang Lin Dancers Coming to Cheyney University

Angelitta Anderson

March 23, 2014

On Thursday, March 27, 2014,  the Cheyney University Arts and Lectures Series will present yet another spellbinding show.  At 7:30 pm, the critically-acclaimed and internationally known Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) will take to the stage inside Marian Anderson Music Center's Auditorium, located on the University's historic campus.

KYL/D will perform their Be/Longing: Light/Shadow, a 65-minute, multi-disciplinary piece featuring resident dance artists: Kun-Yang Lin, Jessica Warchal-King, Eiren Shuman, Vuthy Ou, Evalina Cain Carbonell, Liu Mo, Rachael Hart, Brian Cordova, Brandi Ou and apprentice, Wei-Wei Ma. Collaborating guest artists HuaHua Zhang and Tatiana Hassan Arias will also take part.

Founded in New York City, KYL/D relocated to Philadelphia where it was declared by The Philadelphia Inquirer to be “at the pinnacle of Philadelphia’s outstanding dance community.” KYL/D is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies. Described as “deeply spiritual, remarkable” by (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 Kun-Yang Lin is the Artistic Director of the KYL/D & Founder of CHI Movement Arts Center in South Philadelphia.  He currently teaches at Temple University’s Center for the Arts in Philadelphia after teaching at The Beijing Dance Festival, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, H.B. Actor’s Studio, Peridance International Dance Center and The Limon Institute. Lin has received numerous awards in Taiwan and has been widely recognized throughout the US for both dance and choreography. In addition, Lin’s choreography has been presented in Asia, Southeast Asia, London, Vienna and Mexico.

For the past few years, Lin has spent much time travelling internationally to teach, perform and conduct research. “I always look forward to bringing back home the fruits of my international research practices," he says. "This new piece is inspired by multiple catalysts that have simmered over the past few years – a stunning visual art exhibit of threads of golden light by Lygia Pape at the Venice Biennale and the haunting sculptures of Anish Kapoor in London; the poetry of Persian philosopher, Rumi; the metaphors of the labyrinth and mandala as journeys to our own light; and last year’s movement research along the Bedog River in Java, Indonesia with three other Asian dance masters. The months-long process of distilling these stimulants and weaving them together in the studio with an earlier, re-interpreted work, A-U-M, has led to a new piece that explores our light and shadows and speaks to individual and collective journeys from gravity to grace.”

“The Arts and Lecture Series strives to expose students to a diverse roster of international and national speakers, visual and performing artists for the purpose of cultural enrichment,” explains Dr. Sebronette Barnes-Aborom, Director of the Arts and Lectures Series. “The experiences gained from exposure to “A” caliber speakers and artists help to prepare students to compete in a global society with knowledge of and appreciation for diverse cultural practices.”

Tickets are available at www.cheyney.ticketleap.com or at the door. Cheyney University students, faculty and staff get in free with ID. For the outside public, the cost is $20 for adults and $10 for youth and non-Cheyney students. Tickets may be purchased at the box office one hour before each program. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted. Doors open at 7:00 pm and parking is free. For more information, call 610-399-2365.