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.
A new work choreographed by Kun-Yang Lin will contemplate the relationship between religious practice and contemporary dance. 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 in spring of 2018.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.