Exploring human connection and culture through movement.
Kelsey's newest work "Night Market" is a series of dance films premiering at the Along the Edge Arts Festival in May 2021. In addition, she showcased her work at the Strub Theatre in LA; co-choreographed, performed and creative directed a short dance film “Common Grounds”; and was a co-choreographer for Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Dancing Through Parkinson’s piece commissioned by Nigel Lythgoe and Debbie Allen’s 2020 Los Angeles International Dance Festival. She has also worked with students choreographing pieces for West Island School and SHIFT Dance Project.
Having lived in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles, Kelsey believes that dance can empower people of all backgrounds and communities. She utilizes dance as a platform to celebrate the mixing of cultures in hopes that we see people as part of a unified world, a border-less common ground -- where cultural identity surpasses the boundaries of countries, nationality, and ethnicity.
Creative Direction, Choreography and Performance: Kelsey Ang and Celine Chai
Cinematographer: Bolun Wei
Production Assistant:Gia Lee
COMMON GROUNDS navigates complex cultural identities from our perspectives as “Third Culture Kids” (TCK). TCKs are people who have spent a significant part of their developmental years outside their parents’ culture. A TCK upbringing is the epitome of cultural hybridity, and parallels migration and the mixing of cultures in both human ancestry and current globalization of our world. TCKs are able to adapt to change but are often challenged with a perpetual identity crisis. “Where is home?” becomes a confusing question. Inspired by our multicultural backgrounds, COMMON GROUNDS utilizes the transient, free-form nature of dance to escape nationality and explore the idea that culture is fluid and constantly changing. The piece celebrates the mixing of cultures in hopes that we see people as part of a unified world, a borderless common ground, where cultural identity surpasses the boundaries of countries, nationality, race and ethnicity.
Faai Di Laa
Choreography and Performance: Kelsey Ang
FAAI DI LAA (translated to hurry up) is a saying representative of the hustle and bustle lifestyle of Hong Kong. The piece focuses on the rushed, hectic, frantic atmosphere of the Hong Kong subway and a city of people always on the go.
On the Edge
Movement Direction: Kelsey Ang
Performance: Kelsey Ang and Jocelyn Chan
Cinematographer: Kyle Obermann
On the edge of change, 2020 has been a challenging year, but also a year of growth, learning, adapting and resilience. In this short video, we end the tumultuous year by finding connection and healing through movement.
Creative Direction, Choreography, Performance and Animation: Kelsey Ang
Visual Design: Corinne Ang
Experimental movement video combining dance and digital mediums.