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Directed by Waeli Wang

Cast: Katie Huang, Samantha Lin

An experimental screendance in collaboration with performers  Katie Huang and Samantha Lin exploring duality, transcontinental passage, and fragmented identities. Self-reflection in questioning pluralistic panethnicity comes through the visual, movement, and sonic landscape.


About the Filmmaker: WAELI WANG is a California-based movement artist, filmmaker, and educator. She creates interdisciplinary contemporary works interweaving personal, familial, social, and artistic contexts to investigate the human condition. Wang works with the concept of akasha, meaning the supposed universal etheric field in which a record of past events is imprinted to describe her practice of sourcing and collecting a diverse range of movement and imagery, figurative and abstract, and from the poetic personal to explore as an active artist citizen. She has toured internationally as a guest artist performing and teaching master classes in aerial dance forms. Her collaborative interdisciplinary choreography and films have shown in internationally curated performances and screenings over the last decade and continues to make work focusing on identity as a departure point. Building community, experiential learning, and a dedication to diversity are central to her art-making practice and teaching philosophy.

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In this thought-provoking and forceful program, these characters are exploring their complex histories and envisioning their futures. SELF | PORTRAITS is a study on the power of identity and how we become who we are.