Nothing to Something (Michael Smith & Yilin Kong)

Michael Smith & Yilin Kong

Michael Smith is a freelance contemporary dancer and choreographer. Yiling Kong is a Perth based, born, bred and grown independent artists graduating from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts in 2011.

Michael's performance experience includes DecaDance by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) with STRUT Dance WA and Opera Australia's Melbourne season of King Roger.

Michael has worked with choreographers Gavin Webber, Kate Harman and Sarah Jane-Howard (The Farm), Liesel Zink, Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis (Prying Eye), Nerida Matthaei (Phluxus2), Gareth Belling (Collusion Music and Dance), Louise Deleur (Lucid Dance Theatre), Courtney Scheu, Vanesse Mafe-Keane, Melissa Lanham and understudied for Lisa Wilson's Wireless. He participated in Matt Cornell's DirtyFeet residency for The GIF of Dance, and Shaun Parker & Company's Trigger program for the development of XY.

Michael's choreographic work PLANETS, made in collaboration with interactive visual designer Andy Bates, has showcased around the world in both festivals and exhibitions. These include the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria), Japanese New Media Arts Festival, and the Sunshine Coast Arts Prize.

In 2013 Yilin performed with Buzz Dance Theatre, first performed with OCHRE Contemporary Dance Company and was awarded the West Australian Dance Award for emerging artist/

Since then Yilin has performed with OCHRE, Shaun Parker and Company, and with the WA Opera. She has also performed in theatre productions with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Renegade Productions. Independently she has worked with multiple local and international artists, currently involved in projects with Zachary Lopez, Sally Richardson, Alice Lee Holland, Tyrone Robinson, Carl Sciberras, Sydney based collective Flatline and Batsheva dancers Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham.

Outside of performing, Yilin has created multiple short works through short residencies and on the 2015 and 2017 WAAPA first-year students. Earlier this year she completed an initial development of a new work through a STRUT SEED residency.


Nothing to Something is a compilation of moments that derive from multilayered expressions of tension within our environments. We use the space as an arena where different manifestations of tension form unities, lose autonomy, create polarities, co-exist or burst into flames. This work is an ongoing collaborative project between Australian and Israeli dancers/choreographers Yilin Kong, Michael Smith, Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham.