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TRISK Presents SPLIT BILL #41: Stephen Shynes + Grace Yi-Li Tong

TRISK Presents SPLIT BILL #41: Stephen Shynes + Grace Yi-Li Tong


Triskelion Arts


Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer Street Brooklyn | NY | 11222


Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 8:00pm
Friday, December 1, 2023 - 8:00pm



Triskelion Arts

*Pairings of NYC-based movement artists


Stephen Shynes
Grace Yi-Li Tong


$16 HEARTS for queer trans BIPOC 


Stephen Shynes


suRREALIST is a series of episodes that takes place in the conscious and subconscious mind. The never ending battle between our reality and our dreams.

Stephen Shynes is an interdisciplinary artist from Washington, D.C. He began his dance training at Duke Ellington School of Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University in 2016. Shynes is a creator, story teller, director, teacher, and collaborator. When creating, he enjoys exploring all genres of art to communicate his message. His choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Martha Graham Studio, The Public Theater, The Joffrey Ballet School, SMUSH Gallery, Orange Dance Festival, In Full Color, The Tank, NOosphere Arts, and the ACE Hotel. He has taught at TRI-C Dance Academy, Gallim Dance, Jersey City Library, Mark Morris Dance Group, Montclair State University, The Graham School, Arts High School, and several studios in the Tri-state area. He is currently a teaching artist at The Apollo Theater, a resident artist at Triskelion Arts, and at CUNY College Dance Initiative.


*Please note this piece contains portions of nudity.


Grace Yi-Li Tong
ZOO! (2)

ZOO! (2) is a hyperbolic illumination of memory storage, childhood play, fantasy, and the unsaid in the Asian-American femme experience. Performed by two, ZOO! (2) explores make-believe, puppetry, karaoke, and dance within skeletal spaces. ZOO! (2) is an accumulation of movement research led by Grace Yi-Li Tong since 2022, and features sculpture by Micaela Pirzio-Biroli and sound by Phoebe Frances.

“ZOO! is the quintessence of a concert dance playground. Reflecting upon family, play, and communication, the seven dancers perform ZOO! With an incredibly Happy-Go-Lucky, Energetic, and impulsive spirit.” - Miranda Stuck (Dance Enthusiast)

Grace Yi-Li Tong (she/her) is an Asian-American movement and performance artist originally from the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by clowning, paper collage, puppetry, and contemporary dance theater, her work ridiculously collages “regular” events onstage to decontextualize bodily and social identity, fairytale, and comedy. In 2021, Grace graduated summa cum laude from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She now works as a choreographer, performer, educator, and arts admin.

Recently, Grace has been in residence at ReMo Studios (Amsterdam), and has presented choreographic work at Arts on Site (2023), Art Cake Dance Series II (2022), Laguardia Performing Arts Center with the Emerging Choreographer Series (2022), and Governor’s Island (2021) with The Craft: NY. Film credits include choreographic collaborations with brands Tod’s Shoes and Yayi Chen.


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