Jiayin ‘Tokie’ Wang Featured in LA Times Story on New LA Choreography Residency

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AAPI dance and culture takes center stage in a recent feature by the Los Angeles Times, following Blue13 Dance Company’s inaugural two-week Playdate residency at Stomping Ground LA. Reporter Steven Vargas chronicled the unique experiences of the four residents, including choreographer and recent CalArts graduate Jiayin “Tokie” Wang (Dance MFA 23).

A project a decade in the making, Playdate offers collaboration by partnering with local organizations—an addition beyond the customary space and funds offered by most other creative residencies. Blue13 Dance Company artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel sought to create a residency that puts AAPI stories and experiences at the forefront, enabling participants to work together immediately with a shared vocabulary. 

Wang was paired with Kathak dancer and choreographer Barkha Patel, and they worked together to create the piece KhaYin, inspired by deities in Buddhism and Hinduism. Wang related the Buddhist figure Guan Yin (Avalokiteśvara) to the Hindu goddess Kali, the subject of one of Patel’s pieces prior to Playdate. The collaboration was described by Wang as a “fun fusion of culture,” reflecting the cultural exchange emblematic of the Playmate residency.

Read the full article at the Los Angeles Times.

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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