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Established in 2013 in Oakland, California, PEILING KAO DANCES is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Since its 2013 debut production Imprint, PEILING KAO DANCES has produced two full length productions and shared two programs with peer artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. The artistic director Pei-Ling Kao moved to Honolulu in 2016. Since then, PEILING KAO DANCES  has produced three home seasons in Hawai'i. 


Movement is the core of my work. I believe movement transcends what language offers to our experience of viewing and feeling. Movement has its own narrative and its own emotional expression achieved through the accumulated motion of bones and muscles. The performer’s body is the container that transforms the movement through space and time into something meaningful to individual viewers. I am not interested in creating work that tells viewers how to feel. I trust my audience has the wisdom to interpret the abstractions that I create, in dialogue with their feelings and life experiences. 


I am a Taiwanese dance educator, dance-maker and performer. I have been in the field of dance for over 30 years, learning different styles of dance to help intellectually and physically adapt myself to changes in the contemporary dance world. My research and creative interests have been focusing on movement improvisation, the bicultural and hybrid movement, dance lineages, and interdisciplinary collaborations.




Photo by Terry Lin

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