I am an Asian-American dance artist who seeks to reconcile the politics of performance with my cultural and metaphysical experience.
I believe artists’ cultural research reflects current society and forecasts its future. To create is to describe the human experience and cultivate independent thought.
Art, as free speech, is inherently political. I believe this too.
As both a creator and consumer, I ask myself, Why is art paramount to communicate this? Who is this made for, and who is represented? What is original, and what is an echo? I am driven by a wild curiosity to explore the philosophy of lineage, memoir, and image in my creative practice and choreography.
In my choreography, I employ a method I describe as “distilling,” or extracting the most essential, core concepts and imagery in an attempt to divorce performance from narrative or literal meaning. In this way, performers, media, and sound are functionally related, each crafted to contain the “distilled” elements of overarching theme(s). Together, they compose a conceptual mosaic - an assemblage of independently rigorous works. My current works position viewers to act as voyeurs of the constructed world, thusly creating empathy and/or objectification between viewer and performer.