World Premiere

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 5:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 2024, 8:00pm - ASL 

Risk Taker: 45-50 minutes 
ODC Theater


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Palimpsest Corpus represents the outcome of Pei-Ling Kao’s project The Dancing Body Through The Lens of Postcolonialism, in which ten well-known choreographers each set a short solo for Kao between 2018 and 2022. The work suggests that the movement of the dancerʻs body reveals their history. The various styles of dance training Kao has inhabited, together with the influences of the individual choreographers have all left traces on her movement. The superimposed layers of each of these dance lineages are now fused within her Taiwanese body.


About the artist

Pei-Ling Kao is a Taiwanese choreographer, dance educator, and performer. Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, she has been working with choreographers of different aesthetic frameworks, collaborating with interdisciplinary artists, performing and teaching nationally and internationally, as well as presenting original work via her company PEILING KAO DANCES. Pei-Ling is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has received the Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022, Endowment for the Humanities Award in 2023 and 2018, and Junior Faculty Research Award in 2018 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Pei-Ling was the recipient of the MAP fund in 2021, Lo Man-Fei Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Foundation in Taiwan in 2016, and San Francisco Bay Area’s Isadora Duncan Dance Awards in 2012.

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Photo by Franco Wang

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About the Theater

ODC Theater exists to empower and develop innovative artists. It participates in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; it develops informed, engaged and committed audiences; and advocates for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. This 170-seat venue is the site of over 150 performances a year involving nearly 1,000 local, regional, national and international artists.

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