Faith Project

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

2017
$150,000

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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Faith Project. Photo by RobLi Photography.

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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Faith Project. Photo by RobLi Photography.

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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Faith Project. Photo by RobLi Photography.

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.