Annual dance residency brings KYL/D to campus and The Egg

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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D), one of the country’s premier contemporary Asian-American companies, comes to campus Oct 22-24 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.

Described as “deeply spiritual” by Dance Magazine, and known for its virtuosity and poetic sensibility, KYL/D celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit, inviting viewers to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery.

The dance program will offer a master class for dance students Wednesday, Oct. 22, and a lecture/demonstration, open to the Union community, Thursday, Oct. 23. Both events will take place in the Henle Dance Pavilion, 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.

The evening of repertory works will include the signature work, “Moon, Pilgrimage” (sections of “From the Land of Lost Content”); “A-U-M,” a moving meditation; and the troupe’s newest work, “Be/Longing: Light/Shadow 2,” a hybrid of Western and Eastern dance inspired by martial arts, calligraphy and tai chi.

An informal pre-talk in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. will offer an opportunity to meet Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin.

A limited number of tickets to the Egg performance are available for free, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for Union faculty, students and staff with a Union ID. Free round-trip bus transportation will be provided; buses leave from the Nott/Seward parking lot at 7 p.m. and return after the performance.

Founded in New York City, KYL/D now makes its home in Philadelphia. Taiwan-born Lin draws upon Eastern philosophy while expanding the perimeter of Western contemporary dance. His choreography is widely acclaimed by international critics and audiences.

The company has performed at top festivals in Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan. In the U.S, it has presented at Interlochen Festival in Michigan, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, and Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum, Kaatsbaan International Dance and Symphony Space in New York.

Tickets to The Egg performance may be picked up at the Yulman Theater Box Office weekdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at the Visual Arts Building office, 3-4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 17.

Now in its seventh year, the dance residency is made possible by a generous gift from Sue and Gus Davis ’59, in memory of their daughter, Stephanie C. Davis, a modern dancer and environmental activist with a lifelong love of the performing arts.