Dance-Forms' 77th International Choreographers' Showcase November 27-28, 2019 (7:30 PM) Teatro Abril at Guatemala City, Guatemala
Title: Refresh (2019) Choreography: Jin-Wen Yu Music: "All Armed” by Nils Frahm Dancers: Elisa Hildner, Juliana Hom, Lauren John, Yun-Chen Liu, Jessica Robling, Joseph Rockman, and Bailey Seymour
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This work has been sponsored by Henry Professorship of Dance Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
Jin-Wen Yu Dance & the Dance Department Present "Page" September 12-13, 2019 Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space at Madison, WI
Photo by Maureen Janson-Heintz
JIN-WEN YU DANCE & the UW-MADISON DANCE DEPARTMENT presented "Page," an evening of thought-provoking and visually stimulating contemporary dance, at the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall September 12-14, 2019.
This concert featured Yu’s choreography spanning from 2016 to the present, including works that have been performed nationally and internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, in New York at the DUMBO Dance Festival, American Dance Guild, and the SoloDuo Dance Festival, and at the Asia-Pacific Dance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Yu’s work is "full of finesse with some great partnering.” -UK Dancing Times
Audiences saw performances by Yun-Chen Liu (principal dancer, Jin-Wen Yu Dance), as well as talented emerging artists Caroline Criste, Elisa Hildner, Julianna Hom, Lauren John, Dianne Kotsonis, Nicolette Meunier, Joseph Rockman, Jessica Robling, Bailey Seymour, and Sam Welbel.
The first half of the concert featured sections of Yu's previous ensemble and solo works including a quartet titled “Paging into the Realm of Imagination," and the solo “Letters of a Traveler" among others. The second half featured Yu’s new choreography, which addresses perspectives on aging, identity, and social conflict.
PERFORMANCES Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space Thursday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September, 13 at 2:30 p.m.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This project was supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship, the UW-Madison Dance Department, and the friends of Jin-Wen Yu Dance.
Title: Still Lighting Up (2019) [Premiere] Choreography: Jin-Wen Yu Music: "La Splendeur” by Dominique A. | "I Could Fight on a Wall" by Aquilo Dancers: Yun-Chen Liu and Lauren John
Description: This duet explores the concept of dance persisting through sociopolitical adversity as a medium through which dancers express their nature to persevere. Starting with a single blinking light, one dancer will slowly contour the other dancer’s body with the blinking light to warm up and wake up the body. In passing the light from one dancer to the other, which embodies the fostering of community and a budding relationship, the partnering work will develop. As the duet progresses and dancers continue to build up the dance, more blinking lights are thrown onto the stage. At this stage, the full body dancing movement will be presented.
A dancer attempts to turn off the lights, while the other, in a struggle to maintain the stage lit up, turns them back on. In this exchange, the partnering work between the dancers intensifies. In the final setting of the stage, the stage will be completely lit up and all of the blinking lights are on.