Interdisciplinary dance works giving artistic voice to Asian Americans

Artistic Collaborators

Francis Wong (music direction, composition) was dubbed one of “the great saxophonists of his generation”
by the late jazz critic Phil elwood. Few musicians are as accomplished as Wong: for over two decades he has performed his innovative brand of jazz and creative music for audiences in north America, Asia, and europe. A prolific recording artist, Wong is featured on more than forty titles. www.franciswong.net

Olivia Ting (media & graphic design) is interested in the role of digital technology in the fabric of contemporary lives and how our perception of recorded media (film, photography, audio) as “reality” has shifted as technology becomes more sophisticated. olivia has done design work for San Francisco dance Center, San Francisco Performances, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. www.olivetinge.com

Genny Lim (poetry) is a poet, performer, playwright, educator and cultural activist who strives to express the uniqueness and universality of her experience as the child of immigrant Chinese through her artistic vision. deeply engaged in the civil rights movement and the Asian American Rights movement, her work is informed by her commitment to social justice issues on many fronts.

Tatsu Aoki (film, music) is a prolific composer, musician, filmmaker, and educator. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music. Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an adjunct Full Professor at the Film, Video and New Media Department, teaching film production and history courses. To this date, Aoki has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films. www.tatsuaoki.com

Ben Estabrook (cinematography) works as a videographer and editor for the San Francisco Ballet, LINES Ballet, ODC Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Anna Halprin amongst others. Ben has shot dance films for local choreographers/directors Katie Faulkner, Monique Jenkinson, and Paul Festa.  He is Technical Director for the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Joel Wanek (cinematography) is a filmmaker and photographer living in Oakland. www.joelwanek.com

Robbie Sweeny (photography) is an Irish born, internationally published photographer and artist. Having exhibited extensively throughout the UK, most notably part of a group exhibition at Tate Britain in 2009, he then relocated to San Francisco in June 2010, where he works closely within the performance art and dance community. www.RobbieSweenyPhotography.com

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Yao Dang (dance) Originally from Beijing, Yao looks forward to a lifetime in dance as performer, creator and educator. She began her professional dance training at age 11 at the Secondary School at Beijing Dance Academy and received her BFA in Dance with an Honors Award for Excellence in Performance from Beijing Normal University. In 2015 Yao received the Mills Dance Department Outstanding Performance Award and she recently earned her MFA in dance at Mills College, California. Yao has performed works by Wanjiru Kamuyu, Kara Davis, Lenora Lee, and Merce Cunningham (staged by Holley Farmer). She has also studied under Molissa Fenley, Donald Byrd, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Zvi Gotheiner, Elisa Monte.

Yi-Ting Hsu (Gama) (dance), was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and has trained in various techniques in dance such as contemporary, ballet, modern, Chinese martial art, Chinese folk dance, Tai-chi initiation, composition, choreography and improvisation. Yi-Ting is a graduate of Tsoying High School, and received her BFA from University of Taipei of the Arts and has danced with Hsu Chen Wei Production, Les Petites Choses Production, David Harrera Performance Company, Lenora Lee Dance, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, Epiphany Dance Theater and Kinetech Arts. She’s choreographed “Shi-Ben-Jao-Tu”, “Goodnight Mom”, “Allow”, “coinciDance” and “Arcane keys”. Yi-Ting has also produced shows during her studies in Taiwan. www.gamahsu.com

Trained in modern dance, ballet, and Chinese dance, Lynn Huang (dance) has performed with Lenora Lee, Erin Malley, & Philein Wang in San Francisco, and HT Dance Company, Dance China NY & Ella Ben-Aharon/Sahar Javedani in NYC. She studied at Minzu University Dance Conservatory in Beijing, China on a Fulbright fellowship and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Tim Huey (dance) works with several community empowerment organizations. Tim’s “dance life” began at the age of 2 years old when reportedly, he attended a wedding reception and danced on a table. Beyond that, his high school dance company and the occasional hip hop class comprise most of Tim’s dance career.

Hien Huynh (dance), began with free-form movement. His background composes of Laban, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern.  Exposure to the kinetically speaking world, he resources influences from all beings, textures, sounds, and forms-around and within. Through kinetic and communicative frequencies, Hien aims to link the human to human, heart to heart connection.

Carl Irons (text, dance) is a writer, poet, and actor who performs public readings and is occasionally privileged to collaborate with some very talented people. Carl also holds a BA in Political Science and has completed significant post graduate work in the field of Public Administration.

Eric Koziol (dance) is a media artist working at the intersection of documentary storytelling and the performing arts. As a staff video producer at Stanford University he profiles visionaries in science, design, education, and philanthropy. Eric’s artistic practice is centered on collaborations with dancers, choreographers and musicians for presentation on both stage and screen.

SanSan Kwan (dance) teaches dance and dance studies at UC Berkeley.  She has danced with Jonathon Appels, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Chen and Dancers, and Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company, among others.

Wayne Tai Lee (dance) received a minor in dance from UC Berkeley and works as a professional statistician.  Wayne enjoys learning all matters related to statistics and dancing.

Kevin Lo (dance) is a composer, choreographer, writer, and artist born in New Zealand and based in Oakland. His work utilizes instruments, digital sound processing, and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure, and audience kinesthesia.

Ting Luo (Chloe), (dance) originally from Taiwan, has trained in ballet, modern dance, and Beijing Opera martial art. She received her BFA from Chinese Culture University. Chloe attended the Taiwan National Creative Dance Competition in 2007 and participated in various dance performances of Hwa Kang Dance Company from 2007 to 2008. Relocating to San Francisco in 2010, she received her MFA in Fashion Merchandising in 2014.

Johnny Huy Nguyen (dance) is a dancer, performance artist, and hip hop educator. In 2007, he was on course to complete a graduate degree in mechanical engineering, but dance completely changed the direction of his life. In addition to Lenora Lee Dance Company, Johnny is a member of Embodiment Project, and has completed productions with Kularts and the Global Street Dance Masquerade. In all of his work, Johnny’s vision is to use his craft and creativity to activate dialogue, healing, and action in ways that are raw, vulnerable, and honest.

Shannon Preto (dance) has been dancing professionally since 1996.  He has performed for BodiGram, Scott Wells, Smith/Wymore and Deborah Slater.  Recently, he completed his Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California.  He hopes to work with children in the educational setting or in medical or private clinics.

Stacey Yuen (dance), Bay Area native, graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance from NYU – Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with and performed in works by Sean Curran, Robert Moses, Crystal Pite, Kendra Portier, Johannes Wieland and Stella Zannou amongst others.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny