II. Father Absence | Mother Ma


Father Absence | Mother Ma



Cameron McKinney

in collaboration with the dancers

Rehearsal Assistant

Isaac Martin Lerner


I. Static Discos 100 by Murcof Fax

II. Father Absence Original Composition by Cameron McKinney

III. Kamui-Chikap Symphony, Op.40: V. Rainbow by Takashi Yoshimatsu

Soundscore mixed by Cameron McKinney

Costume Designer

Gabrielle Corrigan

Lighting Designer

Cheyenne Sykes


Father Absence | Mother Ma brings hyperphysical focus to the Japanese concept of ma, or the endless possibilities inherent in the empty spaces between objects and bodies - a view of nothingness that allows multiple interpretations of reality to exist simultaneously.


Performing May 4th, 6th at 8pm and May 13th at 2pm

Nick Camarero he/him Taniah McKinney she/her

Alex Ferrigan she/her Gianna Scorzo she/her

Gracie Laxton she/her Parker Ramirez they/them

Peyton Havens she/her Libby Dusek she/her

Kylie Mendoza she/her Sam Noto she/her


Dan Doran he/him Meena Jay she/her

Melissa Guerra she/her Lauren Aureus she/her

Anne Cassidy she/her Spencer Schofield he/him

EB Keime she/her Teagan Tillman he/him

Morgan Baker she/her Kate Gombar she/her


With more than 18 years of Japanese language study, Cameron McKinney created Kizuna Dance with the mission of using contemporary floorwork to create dance works for those who want to connect, and for those who feel we are all already connected, using both the similarities and divergences – linguistic, historical, aesthetic – between the American and Japanese cultures as primary drivers. He was selected as a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow to collaborate with renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki and present work in showcases in Japan. He has also been a Choreography Fellow at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, a Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence at Princeton University, an Alvin Ailey Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow, and an Asian Cultural Council Individual Grantee. His work has been supported through grants from the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, the New York City Artists Corps, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Rader Young Artists Foundation. Through Kizuna Dance, Cameron has also presented work and taught in twenty states and in Mexico, France, the UK, and in Japan at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. His commissions include The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, Princeton University, Montclair University, twice from the Joffrey Ballet School, three times from the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (UK), Slippery Rock University, The Dance Gallery Festival, Brigham Young University, and San Jose State University, among numerous others. His teaching credits include Adjunct & Visiting Lecturer positions at Princeton University, NYU Tisch, Montclair University, Bard College, and Queensborough Community College. He has taught on faculty at Gibney Dance since 2016, and has taught for festivals nationally and internationally. Each year, he organizes Kizuna Dance’s Open Intensive, a week of day-long intensives made entirely free for all participants, featuring high-quality dance education provided by the company artists of Kizuna Dance. https://www.cameronmckinneydance.com/