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IS/LAND is a performance collaborative comprised of Taiwanese, Taiwanese-American, and Chinese-American artists, including dancers Catherine Hepler, Chih-Hsien Lin, and J. Amber Kao, and sound/visual artist Chien-An Yuan.

Who We Are

CATHERINE HEPLER

MOVER

Catherine is a Chicago based dance performer and activist. Originally from Oakland, CA, Cat began dancing at age three and gained a rich and varied dance foundation. Her background includes a variety of styles, such as ballet, contact improvisation, Bharata Natyam, and Polynesian dance.

Independently, she is interested in somatic movement and the embodiment of concepts, as well as the expression of social messages within dance works.

J. AMBER KAO

MOVER

Amber loves soup dumplings. A lot. Like A LOT.

CHIH-HSIEN LIN

MOVER

Chih-Hsien is a native of Taiwan, a mover, choreographer, improviser, registered dance/movement therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a Movement Pattern Analyst, looking systematically at people’s decision-making process and interaction styles through their established integrated movement patterns. Her movement language reflects a rich cultural bearing from traditional Asian ethnic dances and martial arts to somatic modern integrations: contact improvisation, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and the Feldenkrais Method

CHIEN-AN YUAN

SOUND/VISUALS

Chien-An Yuan is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Ann Arbor, MI.  His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Salon, ArtSlant, Huffington Post, and WNYC.

Past exhibitions include The Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gene Siskel Film Center, Museum of Chinese in America NYC, Syrup Loft, Zhou B Arts Center, Asian American Cultural Center of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hyde Park Art Center, and Gallery 312.

REBECCA WHITTINGTON

COSTUME DESIGNER

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NEWS & EVENTS

July 2018