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Playdate 2024

A COLLABORATIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR AAPINH DANCE MAKERS:

PLAYDATE is an innovative two-week dance residency program funded by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts that aims to address the lack of visibility of AAPINH artists in the dance field. In its second year, this collaborative program brings together four talented and diverse Asian American Pacific Islander Native Hawaiian identifying choreographers to create new work and investigate with how to empower AAPINH artists through dance. Each choreographer will bring a group (2 minimum, 10 maximum) of professional, diverse dancers to join them in improvisation and discourse with the cohort, ultimately sharing collaborative works in progress or other public format. Awardees are granted $2000 each.


Playdate 2024 is made possible by a grant from the California Arts Council.

Photo Courtesy of Angel Origgi

2024 EVENTS

Talk the Talk
Tuesday, June 25th4pm-5pm

A digital round-table discussion with the Playdate artists and artistic director Achinta S. McDaniel fostering conversation about representation and empowering AAPINH artists in the dance world. Check back here for the link!

Playdate Public Sharing
June 28th & 29th
7pm
Pieter Performance Space
2701 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031

$10 suggested donation

Come see what our artists have been working on! Check back here to reserve your ticket .

2024 RESIDENT PLAYERS

ZHIHAN YANG

Zhihan Yang: Choreographer, dancer and educator. Zhihan received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and BFA from Beijing Dance Academy, and is currently based in Los Angeles. She is dedicated to researching the relationship between movement, installation and multi-media; the diverse embodiment of the body in the language of the camera and the reflection of identity between communities in different contexts are also the goals of her ongoing work.

She has been active in theater, media, film and education in recent years, working with companies such as the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Yaya Dance Academy, and the San Musae Cultural Center in the United States. Among her awards are Double Platinum Award and Overall First Placing in the Showstopper Dance Competition, the Oniros Film Awards for Best Dance Choreography, a Top 10 Finalists at the Festigious International Film Festival, Best Dance Film at the Experimental Film & Music Video Festival, Short Dance Film Finalists at the Vesuvius International Film Festival and Outstanding Official Selection at the 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival.

Her recent works include the solo work Bounces of the Wild (2024), the quartet Experience (2024), the environmental piece Metam.(2023) with Heidi Duckler Dance, the orchestral trio choreography THEA MUSGRAVE: Pierrot (2023), the dance theater Am I Susan (2022), the physical theater XXX (2022), and the quintet Gladiola (2021), the dance films As a Girl(2023), Question(2022), Rush(2021), Refresh(2021) and Retrospect(2021).

CHORONG YANG

Chorong Yang is a dancer and choreographer originally from South Korea. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance from The University of Utah and has recently obtained an MFA degree in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. Her artistic pursuits delve into the realm of imagination and human interaction, where she explores complexities of internal confrontation. Through her work, she invites audiences to journey with her into the landscapes she creates.

PAUL LIU

Paul ‘Peide’ Liu (he/him) is a Taiwanese American movement artist with a focus in floorwork and acrobatic movement. Paul grew up in New Jersey and trained in traditional Chinese dance and acrobatics with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company as well as breaking. He later studied Western dance techniques at the Academy of Dance Arts New Jersey before attending Boston Conservatory and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. Paul has performed in works by Aszure Barton, Junichi Fukuda, Hybrid Motion Dance Theater, and Volta Collective. He was a company member with Pilobolus Dance Theater for four years and continues to create in movement research with Motlee Party and DRWN Movement. He also edits and creates music and soundscapes for movement while occasionally making stage props out of recycled cardboard. 

JARYD FARCON

Jaryd Farcon, a native of Fords, New Jersey, is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. He is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and later awarded magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA dance program. He is a competitive ballroom dancer who holds numerous national and international titles. Jaryd has represented Team USA at the Blackpool Dance Festival in Blackpool, England and has reached the Top 21 in the world. In addition, he has danced on Season 6 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Season 14 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today Show. He was dance captain on the Knicks City Kids and Lil’ Torches dance teams, which dance at Madison Square Garden. Moreover, he has worked with Julie Taymor in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at A Theater For A New Audience. Jaryd is a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Winner in (Dance/Jazz) where he had the opportunity to work with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has worked with Tony nominated choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille of Six The Musical and appeared in recording music group BTS’s “Permission to Dance” United Nations General Assembly music video. Furthermore, Jaryd has choreographed for the Steps Conservatory and for singer LaLa in her new music video “Love Letters From My Ex”. He is a guest artist at Steps on Broadway. During his studies, Jaryd has attended many summer programs such as the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, Orsolina 28 Nunes/ Flock Creation Program, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Ballet Hispanico’s ChoreoLab. He is a former member of Ballet Hispánico’s second company, BHdos and Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company. Currently, Jaryd is a company member with Ailey II.

PLAYDATE RFP (Published February 2024): DEADLINE NOW CLOSED.

Blue13 is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the second annual Playdate Dance Residency, a two-week dance residency program that aims to amplify the voices and visibility of AAPINH artists in the dance field. This program will bring together four talented and diverse Asian American Pacific Islander Native Hawaiian-identifying choreographers to create new work and investigate how to empower AAPINH artists through dance. The residency will take place at Pieter Performance Space in Los Angeles from June 17-27, and the public performances will be held on June 28 & 29. No activities will be scheduled on Juneteenth 6/19. 

 

Purpose:

The purpose of this RFP is to provide a forum to enter into discourse with other AAPINH artists, provide physical space, a monetary award, time resources for makers, performance opportunities, and networking opportunities. The goal is to build allies and create a larger and more diverse network, while also supporting AAPINH artists as major artistic voices in their respective communities. The program is designed to promote community building, explore issues of othering and belonging in the dance sector, encourage artistic communication across genres, and elevate AAPINH artists.

 

Eligibility:

This RFP is open to all choreographers, dance companies, or collectives with 2-10 dancers, who have three or more years of professional experience, and are legally eligible to work in the United States. Participants must be 18 years or older.

 

Scope of Work:

The program is designed to bring together four AAPINH choreographers and their respective ensembles of contrasting dance practices. To broaden artistic perspectives, each dance maker is paired with one partner choreographer who practices and creates in a contrasting genre. The residency will be 10 days long, and culminates in two public sharings of the works in the format chosen by the participants. Rehearsals, workshops, and discussions with thought leaders will be held throughout the residency.

 

Dance makers will each be paid a $2000 stipend. Travel and lodging expenses are not paid.

 

Location:

Pieter Performance Space 

2701 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Deadline for Submission: April 1, 2024, 11:59pm PST. Awardees will be notified via e-mail by mid April.

"A nurturing and supportive space for AAPI(NH) choreographers to explore their artistic visions, collaborating with one another and taking risks."

- The Los Angeles TIMEs, 2023

2023 INAUGURAL PLAYERS

JAINIL MEHTA

Jainil is a 23-year-old dancer and choreographer from Mumbai, India, began his dance journey at age five. Formerly with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, he now teaches, creates, and performs in the United States, primarily in New York City. With over 270k Instagram followers, he is known for breaking gender barriers with #Meninskirts. Featured in national newspapers and platforms like BBC News and Good Morning America, Jainil trained for thirteen years at Shiamak Davar International before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. In the future, he aims to establish the first-ever accredited higher education dance program in India, fostering unique artistic identities.

BARKHA PATEL

Barkha Patel is a kathak dancer, choreographer, educator, NAC Artist Fellow, and the Artistic Director of Barkha Dance Company based in New York City. She, along with her company dancers and young students will present various technical and abhinaya (expression based) works. A touring artist, Barkha has performed solo, and ensemble works at dance festivals in In-dia and the U.S. Her work has had the opportunity to present at venues such as Dance Theatre Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, 92NY and Little Island Dance Festival among others. She is currently in residence with Movement Research in NYC and a 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Finalist (Jerome Foundation).

TOKIE WANG

Tokie Wang, a Chinese choreographer, director, and visual artist, is currently based in L.A. Known for her work in the commercial field, Tokie has collaborated with companies in China and the U.S. including Flower Knows Cosmetics, Hong Kong NetEase Interactive Entertainment Ltd., and LACMA. With an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, in recent years Tokie has worked as a choreographer at LOOKwhat Studio in Hangzhou, China, an assistant choreographer at California Institute of the Arts, and production manager at LACMA/CALARTS. Her recent works include “Because You’re Worth It” (2022), a 50-minute immersive theater experience incorporating dance, toy theater and installations, and “Somewhere, Elsewhere, Nowhere, Los Angeles” (2021), an 8-minute improvisational piece based on dancers daily gestures, using each other’s body to recreate their favorite space.

RAMITA RAVI

Ramita Ravi is a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator signed with Bloc Talent Agency NY/LA. As the first South Asian featured on So You Think You Can Dance (Season 14), she has performed in various productions including Spinning Gold, Last Week Tonight, Bhangin’ It, NYFW with Hermès, and Mystic India: The World Tour. Ramita has also choreographed for Coachella 2022, Miss America 2021, Raveena, KSHMR, and more. With an extensive teaching background at renowned institutions like Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey Extension, she co-founded Artswrk, a startup challenging the starving artist stigma. Ramita is dedicated to representation, equity, and innovation in the arts.



Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.