San Francisco, CA
Kinetech Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that combines the work of dancers, scientists, and digital artists to create innovative and socially responsible performances. Instigated with the intention of exploring the intersection of movement, science and technology as well as bridging the tech, art and science communities, KA makes performances to illuminate new ways of creating, collaborating and engaging the audience in subjects that matter.
Kinetech Arts is a partnership between Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang.
Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Her work has been performed in Brazil, France, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Italy and the U.S.A. She was a resident artist at CounterPulse and Headlands Center for the Arts, and is currently in residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and ODC Theater from 2018-2021. As a dancer, she has performed with KUNST-STOFF dance company, Labayen Dance, Lisbon Dance Company, little seismic dance company, Robert Moses’ Kin, and in works of Sara Shelton Mann. She studied at The Municipal Ballet of São Paulo, Brazil and at P.A.R.T.S., directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels She is a faculty member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet Dance Center and Western Ballet. Daiane graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Alpha Beta Kappa, from SFSU.
Weidong Yang is the co-founder and director of Kinetech Arts. He founded Kineviz, creating visual analytics solution for complex data. He received his Ph.D in Physics and Masters in Computer Science from University of Oregon. Weidong was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, conducting research on quantum dots. He has collaborated and created many performances and installations. As a dancer, he has performed with various dance companies including KUNST-STOFF, Paco Gomes and Sara Shelton Mann. He was a Scientific Delirium Madness resident artist at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2017. He is currently in a 3-year residency at ODC Theatre and Djerassi.
Wei and Dai came to NCCAkron in 2019 for Dancing Lab: Immersive Media through Cunningham, and were the lead artists for 2021's Dancing Lab: Art Speaks 2.0.
Photo credit: Robbie Sweeny
Dancing Lab: Immersive Media through Cunningham (2019)
Dancing Lab: Art Speaks 2.0 (2021)