By Miryam Moutillet
Kun-Yan Lin/Dancers (KYL/D), a South Philadelphia contemporary dance troupe known for its virtuosity, poetic sensibility and strong spiritual underpinnings, comes to campus Oct 22-24 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.
Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin is acknowledged as one of Taiwan’s finest choreographers. His Zen-inspired choreography has been described as a “distinc-
tive blend of traditional and Western dance (that) has the dark, bold force of a woodcut print” (New York Times).
At Union, a master class will be offered to dance students Wednesday, Oct. 22 and a lec- ture/demonstration, open to the Union community, Thursday, Oct. 23. Both events will take place in the Henle Dance Pavil- ion, 6:30-8 p.m.
On Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., the company will give a public performance at The Egg theater, Empire State Plaza Center for the Performing Arts, in Albany. An informal pre-talk in the
lobby at 7:15 p.m. will offer an opportunity to meet the artistic director.
A limited number of tickets to the performance are free for Union faculty, students and staff with a Union ID. Free round-trip bus transportation also will be provided; buses leave from the Nott/Seward parking lot at 7 p.m. and return after the per- formance.
Tickets to the performance are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They may be picked up at the Yulman Theatre Box Office weekdays 12:30- 1:30 p.m. and at the Visual Arts
Building office 3-4 p.m. begin- ning Oct. 8.
Founded in New York City, KYL/D has performed at top festivals in Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan. In the U.S, the company has pre- sented at such prestigious ven- ues as Interlochen Festival in Michigan, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires, the Annenberg Center in Philadel- phia, and Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum, Kaatsbaan In- ternational Dance and Sym- phony Space in New York.
The show at The Egg will in- clude the signature work,
“Moon, Pilgrimage” (sections of “From the Land of Lost Con- tent”); “A-U-M,” a moving meditation; and the troupe’s newest work, “Be/Longing: Light/Shadow 2,” a hybrid of Western and Eastern dance in- spired by martial arts, calligra- phy and tai chi.
Now in its seventh year, the Stephanie C. Davis Dance Resi- dency is made possible by a gen- erous gift from Sue and Gus Davis ’59, in memory of their daughter, who was a modern dancer and environmental ac- tivist with a lifelong love of the performing arts.