Li Chiao-Ping Dance to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Li Chiao-Ping Dance has been awarded a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support the creation of “Here Lies the Truth.”

Li Chiao-Ping Dance’s (LCPD) project is among 1,073 across the nation totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. Deeply connected to the work and mission of LCPD, “Here Lies the Truth” is a timely and topical project about political and personal relationships with truth.

Li Chiao-Ping
Li Chiao-Ping

LCPD is led by Artistic Director Li Chiao-Ping, who is a Vilas Research Professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from Li Chiao-Ping Dance,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Li Chiao-Ping Dance is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

“We are grateful for this support so that we can do our work and take the time to examine systems, processes, and structures,” says Li. “Who or what is it that elevates or erases who or what? We know that words and actions matter and the NEA’s action to support arts organizations such as ours and the artists within them matters greatly.”

“Here Lies the Truth” is a new multimedia dance work choreographed Li, in collaboration with visual artist Douglas Rosenberg and theater artist Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento. Rosenberg is a professor with the School of Education’s Art Department and Tatinge Nascimento earned a PhD with the School’s Department of Theatre and Drama.

“Here Lies the Truth” addresses fact and fiction, and how they infiltrate the personal and political environments we experience. Recent events have brought focus on how those in power can abuse their privileged positions of authority in ways that can change our physical, mental, and emotional landscapes. Each individual also has this power.

Reflecting multiple perspectives, including those of our company members and of the unique voices from the communities we perform in, this imaginative, thoughtful, and provocative work has a broad lens that is simultaneously narrow in its focus on how we (do/don’t) listen.

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.