Grace describes her choreography as “movement collage”. In most processes, choreographic material is sampled from performers’ everyday lives and constructs a collective world during performance. Performers’ honest identities and experiences inform the final product in every work. Absurdity and humor are byproducts of decontextualized movement and Grace’s innate sense of fun. Words sometimes used to describe Grace’s choreographic work include: “unexpected”, “thoughtful”, “great!”, and “a little weird”. Grace’s work has been shown at the Jack Crystal Theater in New York, NY, Kerry Hall in Seattle, WA, and most recently online as a part of WADEintoActivism (16 days of Activism against gender-based violence. She was also a weekly winner of New York Dance Project’s Quarantine Competition. She has also worked with Tod’s Shoes, and welcomes more commercial choreographic inquiries.
Garden Tongues (December 2020)
Garden Tongues is a spiteful description of tastes: the bitterness of exotification, the saltiness of my grandmother’s kitchen, and the sweetness of collective strength. The Asian American aesthetic identity is a seed that we plant and cultivate for the next generation in this choreographic work.
In My Shoes: Chapter 1, New York City (November 2020)
Commercial concept video choreographed by Grace Yi-Li Tong for Tod’s Shoes in November 2020.
Whining, Changing Flesh (October 2020)
De-robing, De-filing, and Duet-ing: Whining, Changing Flesh is a performative inquiry into the female body, social distancing, and a post-covid performance era. A collage made in collaboration with Sunhi Keller for the Second Avenue Dance Company.
Raw Woman Breakfast (November 2019)
Raw Woman Breakfast is a record of unwritten stories of femininity, inspired by a lack of female voice in Paul Scheerbart’s written pantomime: “Dance of the Comets”.
Do you think it’s an omen? (May 2020)
Created in remote collaboration with Sunhi Keller, Do you think it’s an omen? is both a live performance and a film project exploring “private” space and death.
The 7 Mysterious Holes (of the MemBrain) (May 2019)
Built as an exploration of maturation, The 7 Mysterious Holes (of the MemBrain) is a playful narrative of collective growth. How is the contemporary experience formed? Onstage, performers explore imaginary settings: the family portrait, the playground, the public bathroom, etc.