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Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art

January 31- February 2, 2019
Lincoln Hall, PSU

"Breathlessly fast movement... wound like a tight spring that explodes over and over again in release." - The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

Run Time: 65 minutes, no intermission


With a foundation in martial arts, Shay Kuebler, from Vancouver, B.C., creates cross disciplinary works spanning hip hop, contemporary ballet, tap, and modern dance. His astonishing Telemetry illustrates how the human body is an antenna and satellite for sound, energy, and memory. The remarkable charismatic Kuebler performs with a diverse cast skilled in hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap to create a raw, acrobatic language that generates an intense theatricality, enhanced by interactive lighting and propulsive sound score.

Talking Points:

  • Radical System Art is based on a martial art philosophy of finding the balance between the natural self and the trained self.
  • Shay Keubler uses a mix of media, dance, martial arts, theatre and other forms to investigate the human experience. In choreography, he does not seek to create “dance moves” but rather tasks and physical states within which the dance resides.
  • Shay Kuebler is from Edmonton, Alberta and began dancing hip hop, ballet, tap and jazz at the age of 12 but credits his creative foundation with his focus on martial arts and theatre which he began at the age of 5.
  • The company is based out of Vancouver, BC.
  • About his piece Telemetry to be performed here in Portland, Shay says he learned of the concept of this science from a friend. “Telemetry was the science behind using sound to measure and gauge the physical movements and patterns of the wolves. From this conversation, I realized how the science of telemetry and the use of a telemeter was so connected to dance and physical expression. In dance, the body is so clearly a telemeter — a tool that receives and transmits sound and wireless information into a physical form.”
  • Danny Nielsen, the tap dancer central to the work, is described as one of Canada’s “brightest young tap stars”, beginning to tour internationally to Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico and the US.
Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art


Lincoln Hall, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave
Portland, 97201 United States
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