Kim Ip, Kindred Swell

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents Kindred Swell, a new dance commission for the FMCAC campus by Kim IpKindred Swell is free and open to the public.

January 2022
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 will debut on Friday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m. It marks the opening of the fall art program, and it precedes a sunset viewing of Shimon Attie’s Night Watch barge-based video project. Ip’s work will also mark the concluding weekend of these projects, during the FOG Design+Art Fair in January 2022.

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: www.krimmip.com.

Fort Mason Arts Fall 2021 exhibitions are 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.

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