OFF TO HONG KONG AND SEOUL THIS FALL WITH SOLO DANCE WOULD_SHE ...
Before launching L i n s d a n s, I was fortunate to be given glimpses into how the international market operated from the vantage point of a touring dancer. These experiences significantly expanded my understanding of the dance community and provided me the future scope from which I would focus L i n s d a n s. I had no idea, however, just how challenging breaking through into this market would be. Though I’ve been able to coordinate several residencies and performances abroad as a solo artist, I am just as appreciative whenever new opportunities like i-Dance Hong Kong and Seoul International Choreography Festival (SCF) come along!
2016 has been a pivotal and unprecedented year for L i n s d a n s with the premiere of new solo show Would_She this May and its touring to Beijing Dance Festival in July. Neither i-Dance or SCF were on the agenda until late summer. There simply is not enough time in between now and these tours to secure funding through a grant-writing process. I am in urgent need of your support to help cover the following areas:
- Transport of custom lighting
- Fraction of accommodation
- Rehearsal space
MORE ABOUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES AND WHY THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT…
i-Dance Hong Kong will be a beautifully crafted experience - a mixture of cultural exchange, teaching, and performing. Taking place at various venues in Hong Kong, the festival will run for two weeks in November. For the opening night gala, I will perform a short solo. The next five days, I'll be apart of the Research Week, working collaboratively with a group of international artists, exploring the juncture of dance, multi-media, and improvisation. At the end of the week, the group will perform an improvised work for the public. The highlight of the engagement though will be the performance of Would_She, my new solo work, as part of the i-Dance Showcase which aims to connect Asian programmers and producers with artists.
Post i-Dance Hong Kong, I will continue on to Seoul to perform a 20-minute excerpt of Would_She at the Seoul International Choreography Festival (SCF), a festival hosted by the Modern Dance Promotion of Korea whose mission is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation through dance exchange programs. Working to identify rising talent, SCF has established an awards component. As a pre-selected Finalist for SCF, Would_She will have the opportunity to be programmed by one of the festival’s outstanding partners. These include: the Tel-Aviv Suzanne Dellal Dance Festival (Israel), Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival (Japan), One Dance Week (Bulgaria), Shanghai Dance Festival (China), Fabblica Europa (Italy), and more. It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a Finalist and invited to participate.
Platforms like i-Dance Hong Kong and Seoul International Choreography Festival that actively integrate the guest artists, student population, host organizations, and audience, are my favorite ones to be apart of. The energy, inspiration, and love spreads and bounces from person to person and the openness felt to share new ideas whether through performance, the classroom, or in a casual conversation is extraordinary. There isn’t a more fertile environment to establish lasting friendships or professional connections in. Through the i-Dance Showcase that aims to connect Asian programmers and producers with the artists and SCF that guarantees future programming for many of its participants via its awards program, I am confident these experiences will not only be personally and artistically fulfilling but professionally opportunous as well.
Having your support is significant to me. Your support will not only enable these invaluable experiences to happen, but will also be a bright reflection of your commitment and participation in bringing dance to a global community, where its physical, universal language may inspire and empower others in ways unimaginable.
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