jas lin 林思穎 (they/them/ta) is an un-binary, queer taiwanese/american performance artist, movement facilitator, filmmaker, and human becoming born, raised, and based on unceded Tongva land. beginning their history of dance at the age of two with ballet, jas was quickly introduced into the complexities of inhabiting a racialized and gendered body and practicing the performing arts; of being both the creator and communicator of signifiers while having significations structurally and historically projected onto oneself. as such, lin is committed to the life-long process of un-learning and un-teaching hierarchical, Othering, and superficial ways of moving, being, sensing, and knowing.
lin stages exorcisms 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. how do capitalism, colonialism, and cisheteronormativity inform the ways we live in, perceive, or erase our bodies? how can we systematically shatter the habits that limit the ways we move? what are the rituals and pathways for moving trauma sedimented in the muscles and joints through and out of the body?
lin’s choreographies, films, and workshops have been shared at distinguished cultural spaces around the world, including the British Museum, REDCAT Theater, IA&A at Hillyer, NAVEL, and MoCA Shanghai. jas seeks to inspire the wholeness of all bodies, recognizing the body both as a technology of freedom and site for transformative potential that ripples throughout our shared worlds.