Kim Ip, Kindred Swell Dance Performance & Videos

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presented Kim Ip's Kindred Swell, a new dance commissioned for the FMCAC campus on the opening night of FORT MASON ART's Fall 2021 programs, Two new videos document the Kindred Swell performance on September 17, 2021. Kim Ip and other artists involved in the Kindred Swell project are also interviewed in another video.  

Kim Ip, Kindred Swell Program


Often working onstage against the conventions of stage and video-based dance, Kim Ip’s new piece for FMCAC finds the choreographer working outside and in dialogue with the built terrain of this repurposed military site. In Kindred Swell, Ip nods to our bayfront location and to the relationship among the piece’s five performers -- Malia Byrne, Melissa Lewis, Nico Maimon, Ainsley Tharpe, and Nina Wu -- while using Phromratanapongse’s corridor painting and Weiner’s hopscotch mural as found environments.

Ip’s piece joins a long dance history at FMCAC, from the inaugural 1979 performance of the Spiral Dance Samhain ritual (created for the publication launch of Starhawk’s book of the same name); to the 1994 premier of Anna Halprin’s The Grandfather Dance, drawing from her grandfather’s shul prayers; to Maya Stovall’s recently commissioned Theorem no. 1, a city-wide movement piece from FMCAC to the Tenderloin Museum, CounterPulse, and back again.

Ip’s Kindred Swell debuted on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. It marked the opening of the fall art program, and it preceded a sunset viewing of Shimon Attie’s Night Watch barge-based video project.

About The Artist
Kim Ip
(b. 1992, Wellington, NZ) received a B.A. in Dance from Mills College. Ip uses a highly physical dance vocabulary influenced by release floorwork, hip hop, and pop icons. She works to expand creative possibilities for Queer Asian femmes and to rethink what Asian-ness looks like in a Euro-Centric Dance World. She has performed throughout the Bay Area and has received dance residencies at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, SafeHouse Arts, and CounterPulse. Her collaboration with drag performance artist Pseuda and multimedia artist Taurin Barerra, are:era, premiered at CounterPulse in April 2021. Upcoming works can be found here:

Fort Mason Arts Fall 2021 exhibitions were made possible by generous support from Dunn-Edwards Paints.

All Fort Mason Art Programs are generously supported by San Francisco Grants for The Arts and the FMCAC Board of Directors.