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Synopsis: A short dance film using movements to explore the internal struggles of a queer Chinese American immigrant dance artist living in New York City.

Language

English

Run Time

12 minutes

Starring

Jiemin Yang

Directed by

Jiemin Yang

Written by

Jordan Barsky
Jiemin Yang
Ellen Maynard

Edited by

Ellen Maynard

Composer

James Acampora

Cinematographer

Ellen Maynard

Director's Statement

Inspired by my personal story, the short dance film Wo/我 explores the internal struggles of a queer Chinese American immigrant dance artist based in NYC. The film uses movement, voice over, and sound to tell the struggles that the main subject has to face because of his multiple identities. I hopes this film will resonate with Asian, LGBTQ+ and artists communities.

Director's Bio

Jiemin, originally from China, is a dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer, filmmaker based in Queens, New York. He is interested in discovering more potential in making experimental films. He holds a MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School and a BS in Dance and Graphic Design from Macaulay Honors College. He has been a recipient of the 2020 & 2022 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 Queens Botanical Garden, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Arts on Site, The Mark O’Donnell Theatre, Auditório do Parque da Devessa in Portugal. He has performed with Kinesis Project at ourdoor space at the Riverside Park and Snug Harbor Cultural Center. His dance film Wo/我 received Best Short Narrative Award ’22 at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. He has been recognized as Artist of Exceptional Merit ’22 by Asian Arts Alliance. He is currently a resident artist of CUNY Dance Initiative at Queens College/Kupferberg Center for the Arts. He is one of the awardees of the Art Commissioning Program 2021 with Queens Council on the Arts.

Production Year

2020

Official Website

Twitter

@JminYang

Instagram

@jiemin.art

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