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"One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives" by Peiling Kao Dances

"One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives" by Peiling Kao Dances

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One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives

Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Dec 7, 8

Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm/h3>

PEILING KAO DANCES is proud to present its 6th home season, One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives. The production addresses the postcolonial body in postmodern dance, featuring Kao as a solo dancer throughout.

Kao was born and raised in Taiwan. Her dance training was both postmodern and postcolonial. Since moving to the U.S. from Taiwan in 2007, she has been actively collaborating with other choreographers, creating dance works that address hybrid movement and the bicultural dancing body. In the process of making dance and learning other choreographers’ dances, Kao questions how habituation, oppression and identity play out in movement, dance and the human form. If a dancer is chosen to work with a choreographer, can this dancer’s body be colonized by the choreographic intentions? If the dancing body is trained in modern/postmodern dance style, how is the postcolonial body identified on an individual level? In order to examine her own process of adapting, absorbing, or resisting movement during the choreographic process, Kao commissioned five renowned female choreographers to each set a solo on her. Since April 2018, Kao has traveled between Honolulu, Taipei, San Francisco Bay Area, as well as New York City to work with these choreographers. The dances are programmed as follows:

Synapse choreographed by Betsy Fisher (Honolulu, US)

Liminal Turnings choreographed by Ming-Shen Ku (Taipei, Taiwan)

Artifact choreographed by Molissa Fenley (New York City, US)

Stay With Me choreographed by Hope Mohr (San Francisco, US)

California choreographed by Christy Funsch (New York City & San Francisco, US)

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PEILING KAO DANCES presents One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives. This dance production features Peiling Kao as the soloist throughout. She will perform five commissioned dance pieces choreographed by international renowned female choreographers: Betsy Fisher (Honolulu, USA), Ming-Shen Ku (Taipei, Taiwan), Molissa Fenley (New York City, USA), Christy Funsch (San Francisco and New York City, USA), and Hope Mohr (San Francisco, USA).

Who: PEILING KAO DANCES peilingkaodances.com

What: One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives

When: December 7 at 8pm, December 8 at 3pm and 8pm.

Where: Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on University of Hawai’i, Mānoa campus

1770 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822

Tickets: $30 (Arts patron), $20 (General), $15 (Student)


About Artistic Director Peiling Kao

Peiling Kao is a Taiwanese choreographer, dance educator and performer. Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, she has been working with choreographers of different aesthetic frameworks, collaborating with interdisciplinary artists, performing and teaching nationally and internationally, as well as presenting original work via her company PEILING KAO DANCES. In May 2010, she finished her MFA in Dance at Mills College and received an E.L Wiegand Foundation Award for excellence in performance and choreography. In 2016, Peiling became Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. Peiling’s research and creative interests have been focusing on movement improvisation, choreography, bicultural and hybrid movement, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has received Endowment for the Humanities Award (in 2018), Junior Faculty Research Award (in 2018), Office of Chancellor for Research Award (2017 & 2018), Dean’s Travel Fund (in 2016, 2017 & 2018) from University of Hawaiʻi. Peiling has been awarded one San Francisco Bay Area’s Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (in 2012) and nominated for another (in 2013). She is also a recipient of Lo Man-Fei Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Foundation in Taiwan (in 2016). Peiling has danced in the company of Gerald Casel, Molissa Fenley, Christy Funsch, Nina Haft, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Katie Faulkner, Hope Mohr, and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts in the U.S. She has taught modern/contemporary dance technique, movement improvisation, choreography, and Taiwanese/Chinese folk dance as a visiting faculty and guest artist at Mills College, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and BFA program at Dominican University of California, Hollins University, UC Santa Cruz, Western Washington University, Austin Peay State University, California State University East Bay, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and Chinese American International School in San Francisco.

Photography by Robbie Sweeny.

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