Jas Lin 林思穎 (b. Los Angeles) is a performance artist, choreographer, and movement facilitator whose work lives between experimental, art, commercial, and everyday worlds. Lin stages exorcisms and tantrums for purging choreographies of the learned body and shutting down internal and external surveillance cameras that suggest there is a Proper way to move through the world. Their practice of deep feeling is invested in re-membering what the body has been manipulated into forgetting. They value performance as a ritual of deep presence– by returning to our senses, we can reawaken to our possibility, connection, and agency within the world around us. Lin’s practice emerges from a vast lineage of teachers, from friendships to films to flowers. Centering play in the everyday, they experiment with multiplicity and contradiction while dancing with the world as their body.
Jas’s choreographies, films, workshops, and lectures have been shared around the world, including at Danshallerne Copenhagen, MOCA Los Angeles, Power Station of Art Shanghai, the V&A Museum, Kassel Dokfest, SXSW, NOWNESS ASIA, and 4:3 Boiler Room. Their first solo exhibition, Schindler House Haunting, was presented by the MAK Center for Art + Architecture in 2022, an immersive performance shattering notions of useful domestic space partitioning interior and exterior, self and Other. In 2022, Lin choreographed their first world tour, a 22-song set for Mitski’s Laurel Hell Tour (featured in the New York Times and i-D magazine), and has also movement directed live performances for Melanie Martinez, Phoebe Bridgers, and SASAMI. As a dancer, Jas starred as the lead role in P!NK’s “TRUSTFALL” music video, and has also performed in Cassils’ Human Measure, commercials for Nordstrom, Samsung, HOKA, Facebook, and Apple, and videos for Tinashe, Grimes, and Jackson Wang.
Jas worships the elsewhere and the otherwise and loves to co-create shared fugitive worlds and live in them. They are committed to the life-long processes of un-learning and un-teaching hierarchical, Othering, and superficial ways of moving, being, sensing, and knowing. Jas believes movement to be a manifestation and actualization of potentiality– that together, we can dance the possible into being.