Interdisciplinary dance works giving artistic voice to Asian Americans

Don’t miss the premiere of “The Escape” and “Rescued Memories: New York Stories” 11/8 & 11/9!

The de Young Museum in collaboration with Asian Improv aRts, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, and Donaldina Cameron House present the premiere of “The Escape” and “Rescued Memories: New York Stories” 11/8 & 11/9 at the de Young Museum!

These two new interdisciplinary works are companion pieces inspired by stories of women who had become vulnerable upon arrival into the U.S. during the early 20th Century.  They seek to shed light on the experiences of these women in the context of the social history of the period for Chinese in America as well as for women in the society as a whole with the struggles and achievements of the 20th Century Women’s Movement, which took on such issues as child labor and human trafficking.

By Lenora Lee Dance in collaboration with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo, featuring media design by Olivia Ting, music by Francis Wong, text by poet Genny Lim, lighting by Patty-Ann Farrell, and videography directed by Tatsu Aoki, filmed by Ben Estabrook, Eric Koziol, Heath Orchard, Joel Wanek, Zhuoyun Chen, and Joshua Chuck. Performed by Larissa Fong, Raymond Fong, Marina Fukushima, Chin-chin Hsu, Lynn Huang, SanSan Kwan, Wei-Shan Lai, Lenora Lee, Yukihiko Noda, Chia-Yi Seetoo, and the dragon dancers of Kei Lun Martial Arts.


Friday, November 8, as part of Friday Nights at the de Young

 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm | Piazzoni Murals Room

Film Screening: The Escape (2013, 30 min.) by Tatsu Aoki

 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Wilsey Court

Live Music by Francis Wong’s Trio SF performing jazz and creative music.

 7:00-8:15 pm | Koret Auditorium

Performance: The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories. Tickets are required.*


Saturday, November 9

8:00-9:15 pm | Koret Auditorium and Wilsey Court

Performance: The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories. Tickets are required.*


de Young Museum

Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, SF 94118

*Events are free and take place at the de Young Museum unless otherwise stated. Tickets for The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories are $15 general/$10 museum members and can be purchased at • available starting October 1st!  Space is limited.

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The Escape & Rescued Memories: NY Stories are part of the de Young Artist Fellows project, which has been generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation’s Innovation Fund & the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America. Also supported by Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, WKK Donor-Advised Fund San Francisco Foundation, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, Puffin Foundation, Lighting Artists in Dance Award a program of Dancers’ Group, CA$H a program of Theatre Bay Area in partnership with Dancers’ Group, and Individuals. Community Partners include Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Asian Women’s Shelter, Dancers’ Group, New York Asian Women’s Center, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

The works will make their New York City premiere May 8 & 9, 2014 at Asia Society, co-presented by A/P/A Institute at NYU and Asia Society.

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