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Magnolia Yang Sao Yia
Pang Hnong Hlis Yaaj


I am a thinker, a dreamer, a mover, spirits dancing through/into life. Sometimes I choreograph dance on bodies. Sometimes I choreograph text dance on paper. Sometimes I dance choreographies of the visions of others. Sometimes I speak the visions that come to mind. But most of the time, my body speaks the visions my ancestors wish me to dance.

Tsev  in collaboration with Kuab Maiv Yaj Photo by Roy Gomez Cruz

Tsev in collaboration with Kuab Maiv Yaj
Photo by Roy Gomez Cruz

I am a PhD student in Critical Dance Studies also pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Riverside. I graduated with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Through the support of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, I will be researching dance and embodied practices of the Hmong diaspora in the United States. I am interested in how Hmong practitioners construct and reimagine identity and home. What is Hmong dance

I am a choreographer passionate in creating at the intersection of social justice, dance and healing. Within a decolonial framework, I explore Hmong womanhood, statelessness and spirituality.

I am a House Dance practitioner of 11 years, kinesthetically drawn to and investigating fluidity, politically conscious of queer and women presence/absence, and spiritually connected to the energies among me.

I train in Yorchha™️, the Contemporary Indian dance technique of Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT). I have danced with ADT from 2013-2017 and will be rejoining them for the 2018-2019 season and premier of Sutrajaal: Revelations of Gossamer. I am infinitely grateful for Dr. Ananya Chatterjea and the artists of ADT for nurturing and cultivating the artist I am today.

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia Curriculum Vitae

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