• Director

    Jiemin Yang

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2020, 11 minutes 7 seconds

  • Category

    Dance Films

  • Format


  • Festival Year



A short dance film exploring the internal struggle of a queer Chinese American immigrant dance artist living in New York City.


  • Jiemin Yang, Director
  • Jiemin Yang, Writer
  • Ellen Maynard, Writer
  • Jordan Barsky, Writer
  • Jiemin Yang, Producer
  • Jiemin Yang, Key Cast
  • Ellen Maynard, Director of Photography
  • Ellen Maynard, Editor
  • James Acampora, Composer
  • Jacob Psenicka, Sound Engineer

Director Statement

Inspired by my personal story, the short dance film Wo/我 explores the internal struggles of a queer Chinese American immigrant dance artist based in NYC. The film uses movement, voice over, and sound to tell the struggles that the main subject has to face because of his multiple identities. I hopes this film will resonate with Asian, LGBTQ+ and artists communities.

Director Biography

Jiemin, originally from China, is a dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer, filmmaker based in Queens, New York. He is interested in discovering more potentials in making experimental film. Jiemin holds a MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School. He toured and taught workshops with EDGE Dance Company in multiple cities in Europe and the UK. He received a BS in graphic design and dance from Macaulay Honors College at Queens College and Farah Marcelus Choreography Award upon graduation. He was granted scholarships to study at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival and American Dance Festival. He trained with Akram Khan Summer Intensive, B12, P.A.R.T.S., and Hofesh Shechter Dance company. He was selected to attend Goa Dance Residency’20 in India. He is a recipient of the 2020 New Works Grant from Queens Council on the Arts. He was commissioned to create dance works for the Making Moves Dance Festival’19 hosted by Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and Emerging Choreographer Series’17 hosted by Mare Nostrum Elements and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. He also presented his works at Ailey Citigroup Theatre, The Mark O’Donnell Theatre, Auditório do Parque da Devessa in Portugal. As a visual artist, he has collaborated and performed with Lane CoArts at 92nd Street Y, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Center for the Arts. He is currently a performer with Kinesis Project and has performed at Arts on Site, the Riverside Park and Snug Harbor Cultural Center with the company. He is selected to the Artists Commissioning Program 2021-22 by Queens Council on the Arts. He currently part of the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency (2020-2022) at Queens College.

Archive: Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!



In Person Date, Time & Location:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH • 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
MoMI Redstone • 36-01 35th Ave • Queens, NY 11106


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