I’m an interdisciplinary artist who makes dance, performance art, installations, and video. My work takes interest in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, embodied risk-taking, and healing. I often draw directly from my mixed-race Southeast Asian, queer, and transgender experience. For more information, see my artist statement and check out my artist CV.
The Kennedy Center’s newest space, The REACH, will have a grand opening on September 7th. Invited by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center curators Andrea Kim and Nafisa Isa, I’ll perform in the program Reimagine: Queer Futurisms with Les The DJ and Olivia Neutron John. This multi-genre showcase experiments with gender, pop culture, history, mythology, movement and music. Each artist will offer takes on queer futures, imagining possibility at the intersections of culture and time, while declaring truths born out of the lasting legacies of colonization and present-day empires.
LIMINAL BODIES centers movement exercises, encourages participation and expression, works to build decolonial and radical political thinking, and makes room for communication and care among participants. Weekly readings will span activist texts, essays on decoloniality and the undercommons, research on the colonization of global South dance practices, and queer, Black, feminist texts. These readings serve to build a shared language among participants with which to consider settler colonialism and histories of resistance to empire.
Readings also provide a framework to inform participants’ responses to the embodied practice component of the course. Through a range of dance and theater modalities, we will consider the body’s relationship to power and empire. These include Authentic Movement, Butoh, contemplative and releasing movement techniques, and political theater. Participants will develop listening systems to identify assimilated and conditioned habits in the body and explore the potential to undo colonization in the body, tapping into embodied ancestral technologies and knowledge.
Physical activities are adapted to meet every participant’s mobility needs so that all levels of experience and familiarity with dance are accommodated.
From November 6-8, I’ll be visiting Tufts University to perform TERRITORY that Friday evening and offer artist talks and workshops with students in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.