Interdisciplinary dance works giving artistic voice to Asian Americans

Bay Area Now 7 Performance Festival at YBCA – Thursday, 8/7, 8pm!

As part of the Area Now 7 Performance Festival Thu-Sun, Aug 7-10 at the YBCA Forum, Lenora Lee Dance is proud to be sharing an evening with Sheldon Brown – Jazz Ensemble, Rico Pabon – Spoken Word/Hip Hop, and Tania Santiago, Folkloric and Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Dance. Pushing beyond the boundaries of the performance stage towards a multidisciplinary celebration of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the Bay Area today.

Thursday, August 7th, 8pm – ROOT CAUSES –

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Sheldon Brown, Jazz Ensemble

Composer and reed instrumentalist Sheldon Brown performs compositions derived from the speech melodies of American surrealist poets Andrew Joron, Ivan Arguelles, Will Alexander, and Philip Lamantia reading from their work.


Rico Pabón, Spoken Word/Hip Hop

Excerpt from Father’s Day, his first traditional hip-hop record, written and recorded since becoming a father of three, which has reinvigorated a sense of hope and urgency to find sustainable solutions to humanity’s many environmental, political, and social problems.


Lenora Lee Dance, Multimedia, Contemporary Dance

Rescued Memories: New York Stories (excerpts) retraces the life of Bessie M. Lee (b. 1894) who spent two years in indentured servitude after migrating to New York City. The piece sheds light on the experiences of Bessie in the context of the social history for Chinese in America as well as in the struggles and achievements of the 20th Century Women’s Movement. Featuring Lenora Lee Dance, Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, San Mateo Dojo, with music score by Francis Wong, text by Genny Lim, video directed by Tatsu Aoki, and edited by Olivia Ting and Tatsu Aoki. Conceived and directed by Lenora Lee. Performed by Larissa Fong, Marina Fukushima (playing Bessie M. Lee), Chin-chin Hsu, Lynn Huang, Wei-Shan Lai, Lenora Lee, Kelly Del Rosario (playing Lawrence S. Lee), Olivia Ting. Photo by Robbie Sweeny


Tania Santiago, Folkloric and Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Dance

Tania Santiago intertwines Capoeira, a martial art that is one of Brazil’s most enduring cultural symbols rooted in the historical and political struggles of the African Diaspora, with folkloric and contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance inspired by the spiritual Candomblé family, the Orixas, to tell a deeper story of these cultural gifts created by the Afro-Brazilian community for almost two centuries. The piece brings together dancers, Capoeiristas, and live drumming to create a full portrait of these amazing, physical art forms.

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