Two cultures. Two dance companies. An imminent reunion in New York of two dancers who are brought together not only by their artistic experiences as women, but also by their firm beliefs in time, faith, and humanity. The resulting dance production — "come 2gether" — will debut in Brooklyn, NYC on March 30 and 31.
Wang Chien-ying (王倩盈) is one-half of US-based OcampoWang Dance, a duo co-established in 2010 with her husband Paul C. Ocampo, a dancer-choreographer from the Philippines. Whereas Pan Yu-chen (潘鈺楨) is the co-founder of Taiwan's JueDai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theatre (爵代舞蹈劇場).
Amid the many ways that lives can become separated, the strength of love can hold fast and bind together ties that would otherwise fade. Meeting in the early days of their collegiate lives, Wang and Pan have maintained their connection across oceans, continents, and languages barriers, despite the compression of available time upon becoming spouses and mothers.
Till today, they continue to exist as a "duo," holding steadfast to each other through the mysterious bonds of creativity and movement. As their upcoming performance in New York completes a shared journey that began in Taiwan, "come 2gether" will reunite two strong Asian women in a uniquely powerful performance on their common origins, divergent lives, and the female artistic experience.
"come 2gether" is supported by YongLin Foundation, Taiwan; The Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government; Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York; and the Byrne Seminar and Department of Dance, Rutgers University.