7:00 PM, Dec 18th
Virtual Talk Back 7:30pm – 8:30pm (Zoom)
Online Screening: Dec 18 — Jan 3rd
Event link: www.jieminyang.art
New York—Dec 1st, 2020—From Dec 18th, 2020 to Jan 3rd, 2021, Queens based cross-disciplinary artist Jiemin Yang will be virtually screening his self-directed and self-performed dance film titled Wo/我, or equivalent to I in English. In this short film, combining cinematic and movement art, he explores his personal story as a queer Chinese dance aritst who is also a son of an immigrant family that values Chinese traditional values. The viewers will enter his very personal world and embark on a visceral experience of his passions, struggles, and visions through vivid visuals and frank narrative. Long Island based musician and composer James Acampora and Doug Beacon Creative Studio together create the absorbing original score for the film. Brooklyn-based sought-after filmmaker Ellen Maynard leads as the director of photography and editor. Jiemin hopes this work will spark discussions and generate resonance with viewers who share similar experiences. On Dec 18th, after the premiere of the film at 7pm through Youtube and Jiemin’s website, there will be a talkback session with the artists over Zoom from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. All links will be posted on www.jieminyang.art.
Jiemin Yang (director, choreographer, performer)
Jiemin is a Chinese-American cross-disciplinary artist based in Queens. He holds a MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School. He is one of the awardees of CUNY Dance Initiative Residency 2020-2021 and a recipient of 2020 New Works Grant from Queens Council on the Arts. He has performed in multiple cities in Europe, the UK, and the US. He was commissioned to create dance works for the Making Moves Dance Festival 2019 hosted by Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and Emerging Choreographer Series’17 hosted by Mare Nostrum Elements and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. He also presented his works at Ailey Citigroup Theatre, The Mark O’Donnell Theatre, Auditório do Parque da Devessa in Portugal. As a visual artist, he has collaborated and performed with Lane CoArts at 92nd Street Y, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Center for the Arts He is currently a performer with Kinesis Project and has performed at Arts on Site, the Riverside Park and Snug Harbor Cultural Center with the company.
Ellen Maynard (Director of Photography, Camera, Lighting, Editing)
James Acampora (Composer)
Doug Beacon (Composer, Audio & Sound Engineer)
Sin Ying Tracy Leung
This project Wo/我 is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.