Beyond the Monolith: Representations of AAPI Artists in Dance, Part 1

September 15, 2022

September 15, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.

Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center
849 W 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA

Join us for the launch of Beyond the Monolith, a long-term series of events at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance designed to uplift the important, diverse, and multifaceted voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists, and to increase representation and engagement with their creative work.

The first event will feature screenings of award-winning dance films by USC Kaufman students and faculty. USC Kaufman BFA students will perform excerpts of new works by renowned dancer-choreographers Yin Yue (founder of Yin Yue Dance Company, NYC) and Peter Chu (chuthis., Las Vegas). Yue and Chu will then join the Kaufman artists for a conversation about creating work and navigating the professional dance world in a panel moderated by USC Kaufman faculty member Bonnie Oda Homsey, which will include filmmakers Hayden Rivas and Ryan Phuong and faculty members Achinta S. McDaniel and Tiffany Bong.


  • Films:
    • Construct of One, Hayden Rivas
    • Embrace, by Ryan Phuong
    • Firebrand Sway, by Achinta S. McDaniel and Saam Gabbay, Blue13 Dance Company
  • Student Performances
  • Panel Conversation

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Presented by USC Visions and Voices. Organized by the USC Kaufman School of Dance. Event followed by a reception hosted by USC Kaufman Board of Councilors member Jennifer Cheng, with additional support provided by Board of Councilors member Sue Tsao and faculty member Bonnie Oda Homsey.

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