Founded in 1994 by choreographer Kun-Yang Lin, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian American dance companies. Described as "deeply spiritual and remarkable" by Dance Magazine, the company celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit. KYL/D has performed internationally in countries including Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan, and in the US at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, among others. The company has received numerous awards, including a USArtists International grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and support from the US Department of State for its 2011 tour to Indonesia. Past Center grants have supported intensive company training with visiting artists, and in 2017, KYL/D received a Center grant to create Faith Project, new dance work contemplating the relationship between religious practice and contemporary dance. In 2020, KYL/D received a Center Discovery grant for WHERE IS MY B-O-D-Y, in which accomplished dance artists Gus Solomons jr and Pallabi Chakravorty will collaborate with Lin to develop new movement methods for artists who are navigating lives as mature creators with physical limitations.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers' company training project was a working laboratory which supported artistic director Kun-Yang Lin's continuing investigations into embodying contemplative practices that are at the core of his creative process. Dancer training in meditation and martial art practices with guest artist teachers was central to the program; many activities were also open to the public, including workshops, community dialogues, and open rehearsals. Guest teaching artists included former principal dancer of Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hsu-Hui Huang; martial artist Dr. Chik Qadir Mason; mandala artist, Buddhist philosopher, and teacher Losang Samten; and puppeteer Hua Hua Zhang. The project was accompanied by a restaging of choreographer Kun-Yang Lin's dance Beyond the Bones for performances at Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center.