Interdisciplinary dance works giving artistic voice to Asian Americans

The Making of “The Escape” & “Rescued Memories” 3/8/14, 1pm, & “Stories In Motion” Workshop 11am!

In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, join Lenora Lee, members of her collaborating team – Francis Wong and Raymond Fong, along with Cindy Liou, staff attorney and coordinator of the Human Trafficking Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach as they share about the artistic process, the stories, themes and issues involved in these two interdisciplinary performance pieces.

Conceived and directed by Artistic Director Lenora Lee during her Artist Fellowship at the de Young Museum, “The Escape” and “Rescued Memories: New York Stories” excavate the lives of early 20th century Chinese women migrants through dance, martial arts, film, text and music.

“The Escape” is inspired by stories of women who sought refuge in San Francisco’s Donaldina Cameron House, a faith-based social service agency that today continues to serve Asian communities living in San Francisco’s Chinatown. “Rescued Memories: New York Stories” retraces the life of Bessie M. Lee (–b. 1894), who spent two years in indentured servitude after migrating to New York City to work for a wealthy Chinese family. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.

Video of Lenora’s recent performance piece “Rescued Memories: New York Stories” (2013) at the de Young Museum.


Please RSVP for the 1pm presentation here:

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 1-2pm
Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
965 Clay Street (between Powell & Stockton), SF, CA 94108

Consider joining us earlier in the day from 11am-1pm for the workshop “Stories in Motion” presented by Lenora Lee

Stories in Motion
A creative movement, writing, theater & video workshop

Enhance your imagination through a unique workshop offered on Saturday, March 8, 11-1pm. Come explore! Engage in a creative process filled with movement, writing, theater & video exercises as a means to develop stories through performance.

Lenora Lee Dance creates large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, original music, video, and text that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues. Lenora has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 16 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum and a Djerassi Resident Artist. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute.


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