Liu Mo and Brian Codoua, two of Kun-Yang Lin’s dancers, rehearse new choreography after Lin’s long stay in South-East Asia this summer.
In Lin’s studio, dance is referred to as an “unspoken language.” Rehearsals are filled with Lin’s syncopation and enthusiastic movements as both he and his dancers learn each other’s movements.
Lin says his dancers need to connect with the piece before they can master it. This “studying”, as he calls it, is key to fostering the emotional connection they need with the choreography.
Lin practices with dancer Brian Codoua, showing him the emotion his movements are supposed to impose. Lin believes the body speaks louder than words, and that identity can be found in the way people move.
The choreography Lin’s dancers learn now is in preparation for a concert in November, followed by a performance at Drexel later in the year. 6.Kun-Yang Lin, owner of Kun-Yang Lin Dancers on the 13th block of s. 9th street, and
Kun-Yang Lin, owner of Kun-Yang Lin Dancers on the 13th block of s. 9th street, and dance professor at Temple University, uses movement as language. In his project entitled, “Be-Longing Project,” Lin explores the power dance has to speak.
For Lin, every movement is a sentence in his story. His dancers are encouraged to move with intent and emotion in every step of his choreography.
At Temple University, Lin teaches modern and composition classes in the dance department. Although modern movements fuel his choreography, the nuances of his work come from various forms of Asian dance.
Evalina Carbonell, one of Lin’s dancers, rehearses a new piece. The emotional dance, performed with her partner Rachel Hart, a Temple University dance student, tells a metamorphic narrative created by Lin himself.
Established in 2008, Kun-Yang Lin Dancers is home to Lin’s artistic creations, and fosters an atmosphere of raw expression through movement.