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Dancing the possible: An extended review of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Faith Project/The Door

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In March 2018, the Philadelphia-based Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) performed Faith Project/The Door, an hour-long concert dance that taps a long-flowing stream of the American modern dance tradition: its critical, constructive engagement with questions concerning religion. In this piece, artistic director Lin explores the ways in which contemporary modern dance can serve as a resource for promoting mutual understanding among persons who hold different religious beliefs. In both the choreographic process and premiere performances of Faith Project/The Door, Lin draws upon his own CHI Awareness Practice to help his dance artists understand and enact their own as well as other people’s heart-opening commitment to religious belief and ritual – that is, their faith. This article describes the generative ideas, creative process, and final performances of Faith Project/The Door to demonstrate how modern dance may help bring forth a world in which humans communicate respectfully across religious differences.
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Keywords: Kun-Yang Lin; bodily becoming; dance; faith; religion; spirituality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent Scholar

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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  • Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in western dance practices but Dance, Movement & Spiritualities provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research. Contributions are invited from across disciplines.
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