ONE BODY is the last iteration of the Trilogy, One Body, Five Dances, Six perspectives, that centers the concept of “The Dancing Body Through The Lens of Postcolonialism''. It concerns ethnicity, people of color, and criticism in the performing arts (dance). The work questions how habituation, oppression, and identity play out in movement, dance, and the human form. Is it possible to create a dance in which the dancers’ ethnic identities can be ignored? Is choreography a colonizing force? What is being perceived and assumed from audiences’ points of view when they see dance? In order to understand whether learning choreography is itself a colonizing force, Pei-Ling Kao examines how, as a dancer, she adapts, absorbs, or resists movement during the choreographic process. 


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