I conjure riddles that vanish in time
collages of movement, image and rhyme.
I aspire to tend, to vision, to glow
spaces intentioned by kindness and flow.
I invite you to banter, to revel, to bless
to partner in actions of gentle transgress.
I was born in Kowloon, Hong Kong and am a Chinese Filipina dance artist who has lived on the ancestral, unceded, occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations since 1973."
I am grateful to be here on these lands and in this life. My name, 子嫣, was coined by my father and in Cantonese, it means: daughter with the essence of a beautiful smile. I began dancing professionally in 1989 and choreographed my first work in 2013. As Artistic Director of Odd Meridian Arts, I’m always learning about how to be in relationship with creative practice and creative people."
– Ziyian Kwan