Pailing Kao Dances presents 'One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives'

December 7-8, 2018

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.

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