KAO VEY SEBASTIAN SAEPHANH
Co. Artistic Director | Choreographer | Dancer
Kao Vey Sebastian Saephanh, winner of a 2014 sjDANCEco ChoreoProject Award for Best Choreography, is based in San Francisco, CA. He is currently the co-artistic director of LV Dance Collective, principal choreographer for the SF Movement Arts Festival, and dancer for PUSH Dance Company. Saephanh has been described by San Francisco Chronicle as a dancer who “moved with sinuous grace through the staging.”
His choreographic works have won many invitational opportunities and/or have been commissioned by, among others: the PUSHLab for PUSH Dance Company, PUSHFest, Boston Conservatory Dance Festival, Grace Cathedral, part of San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, ODC Take 5, ODC Pilot 63, San Francisco State University, SFSU Dance Theater, the College of Alameda, sjDANCEco ChoreoProject, sjDANCEco Santana Festival, LUNA ChoreoFund, The Garage RAW Artist, SafeHouse for the Performing Arts SPF8, American College Dance Festival, Dance Mission Winter Showcase, Center For Lao Studies, East Oakland Sports Center, Orinda Academy and Shawl-Anderson Dance.
Allan Ulrich, dance correspondent for the SF Chronicle, described his work as filled with “intelligence and intensity” and “strikes sparks”.
Saephanh, who had a successful performing career prior to embarking into choreography, received his Master of Fine Arts in dance at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts in dance from San Francisco State University. His credits include dancing for PUSH Dance Company, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Understudy Robert Moses’ Kin, Nguyen Dance Company, NYU Second Avenue Dance Company, UNUM Dance, Cathleen McCarthy, Annie Rosenthal Parr, Booke Notary, SFSU Dance Theater, Serene Dance Collective, and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Beside being a dance artist, he is an Entrepreneur as well. Saephanh own a one person hair salon in San Francisco financial district: Salon KaoVey.