Momentum 2009 Choreographers
Faye Minli Lim
Faye Minli Lim is a native of Singapore, where she began dancing and exploring martial arts, namely aikido, at a young age. She moved to New York after graduating summa cum laude from the World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA. She has had the pleasure of performing for such artists as Tina Croll, Kristen Schifferdecker / Red Novae Movement Group, Tammy L. Wong Dance Co., Yin Yue Dance Co. and Cheng-Chieh Yu / Yu Dance Theatre, and continues to perform and collaborate with Carlos Cruz-Velazquez / colectivodoszeta, Patricia Noworol Dance Co. and Benjamin Rasmussen / Society of Velocity. Her dance studies have taken her to Germaine Acogny’s Ecole des Sables in Senegal and to Amsterdam with Dance as Integrated into the Humanities and Society. Faye recently received an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she organized the Dance Across the Board Graduate Student Conference. This summer, her choreography will be presented at Los Angeles Movement Art's Momentum Showcase and the Solar One Dance Festival in Manhattan.

Kevin Williamson
Kevin Williamson is a Los Angeles based dancer, and choreographer. He danced commercially at the age of 12, and after high school entered UCLA to complete his BA in World Arts and Cultures. After graduating in 2004, he performed for David Gordon, Julie Taymor, Angelin Preljocaj, Sebastian Prantl, and Ryan Heffington in New York City, Vienna, and Los Angeles. In 2005, he became a founding member of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Co. In 2006, Kevin joined Maria Gillespie’s Oni Dance, where he expounded on his movement sensibilities under her expertise and artistry. That same year Kevin performed in the world premiere of the LA Opera’s Grendel, and then in Don Giovanni. Kevin continues as a company member for LACDC, and Oni Dance, and also is a company member of Stephan Koplowitz’s site-specific touring ensemble TaskForce. He has been nominated for several Lester Horton Awards for performance excellence, and in 2007, the LA Times named him “a major artist” for his performance in Unearthing Sleeping Beasts at the Ford Amphitheatre.

While at UCLA, Kevin created works for the Fringe Festival Scotland, Highways Festival of Student work, Freud Theatre, and Miami's Winter Music Conference. Since, he has created two works for LA Contemporary Dance Co. The first was pinky swear, co-created with artistic director Kate Hutter, and the second was “Excavating Gray." In October of 2009 Highways will present an evening of his work. Kevin is currently the director of dance at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes.

Tzu-Ying Lee

Tzu-Ying Lee is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She has a BFA from National Taiwan University of the Arts, and holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Art. She joined Taipei Ballet Dance Company in 2001 and Century Contemporary Dance Company from 2004 to 2006. Since moving to New York in 2007, she has performed in works by Deborah Jowitt, Susan Marshall, Laura Peterson and Patricia Noworol. She continues to work with James Martin and Yin Yue Dance Co. As a choreographer, Tzu-Ying Lee has presented her works in NYU Tisch's Second Avenue Dance Company from 2008 to 2009.
Wen-Chu Yang
Wen-Chu Yang holds a Master's Degree in Dance from California Institute of the Arts and has a solid experience in performing arts, painting, installation, short films and photography. Her choreography has been shown in Taiwan and throughout Southern California at venues such as REDCAT, HIGHWAYS and Elephant Stageworks, etc. Most recently, she has presented her work at the REDCAT Theatre at the Disney Music Hall; she was invited as both a special guest choreographer and performer for the CalArts Dance Ensemble. In the summer of 2006, Wen-chu was selected by World Dance Alliance-Asia Pacific to produce her work for the Asia Young Choreography Projects in Taiwan. As a visionary artist and choreographer, Wen-chu utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, encouraging artists working in different mediums, dancers and choreographers to connect physical movements and creativity through improvisational and compositional exercises that access and develop the imagination.

Yi-Wen Chen
Yi-Wen Chen, is a native of Taipei, Taiwan. She began her dance training at Tainan Woman’s College of Art & Technology, where she studied history of Chinese dance and western dance, modern dance, Chinese ethnic dance, anatomy, kinesiology, pedagogy etc. While there she performed in Ren Wu Dance Theatre. She taught Chinese ethnic dance in Tainan County GueiRen Elementary School for three years. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006. While at Orange Coast College, she received a scholarship, the "Josiah Dahlin Dance Creativity Award." She has worked with Shana Menaker and Jenny Backhaus, and joined Oni Dance in 2008.