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 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

Patty-Ann Farrell (lighting design) has received four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, and one Bay Area Critics Circle Award for her lighting designs in San Francisco where she has worked professionally for more than 35 years.  She has served as lighting designer and technical director for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival since its inception over 30 years ago, and as technical consultant for San Francisco Performances for more than 20 years. Patty-Ann has designed lights for the San Francisco Dance Spectrum, Oakland Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Kronos Quartet, Patrick Makuakane and Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, and for artists such as Anna Halprin, Eiko and Koma, and master cellist Joan Jenrenaud. www.pattyannfarrell.com

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Peter Cheng (dance) is a Fremont, CA native who received his BFA in Dance and Minor in Education & Applied Psychology from the UC Santa Barbara, continuing his studies in San Francisco with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/SF, Liss Fain Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Amy Seiwert, among others. He has danced works by KT Nelson, Alonzo King, Nancy Colahan, and Christopher Pilafian. Cheng is the Founder/Artistic Director of Peter & Co. — presenting original work at ODC Theater, The Garage, LEVYdance, and most recently the Seattle International Dance Festival’s Art on the Fly program.

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.

Christian Felix (dance) is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley where he earned a B.A. in Psychology and Dance & Performance Studies. He has been exploring movement for the past 8 ½ years training in Hip-hop, jazz, and modern dance. He has collaborated with Scott Wells, Jo Kreiter and Lisa Wymore in college through Berkeley Dance Project Performances and is now initiating his dance career in San Francisco.

Larissa Fong (dance) grew up in the California Bay Area and was trained primarily in classical ballet and later in hip hop, contemporary, modern and jazz. She recently graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Art History and Global Cultures and is a current advocate for the arts and social justice.

Marina Fukushima (dance) is a contemporary dancer and choreographer based in San Francisco. She has worked with Epiphany Productions, Tableau Stations, ODC, project agora, KUNST-STOFF, and Mark Foehringer Dance Project. Her works include: the dance film “Wrinkle in the Horizon”, the multimedia dance performance “Room in a Pinhole” in collaboration with visual designer Olivia Ting, and “Half Baked Lipstick”.

Chin-chin Hsu (dance) received her BFA from New World School of the Arts, FL, under the direction of Daniel Lewis and has received full scholarship to attend workshops at Jacob’s Pillow, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, and Asian Young Choreographer Project. In 2008, Chin-chin moved to SF and has danced with ODC/SF, HereNow Dance Collective, KUNST-STOFF/ SF, and is currently a member of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, and Tanya Bello’s Project.B. She is also a creative movement/ martial arts teacher with Performing Arts Workshop.

Yi-Ting Hsu (dance), a native of Taiwan, graduated from University of Taipei in 2015. Yi-Ting has trained in contemporary, ballet, Chinese martial arts, Tai-chi initiation, improvisation and composition. She has danced with Les Peties Choses Production since 2013, and has performed in Young Stars, New Vision and Faaaaat Festival. In 2013, Yi-Ting worked with Lenora in her film project – Light. She is delighted to be working with Lenora again in Fire of Freedom.

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.

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.

Wei-Shan Lai (dance) is a dancer/choreographer from Taiwan. She received her diploma in dance studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. After moving to San Francisco in 2013, she has worked with Lenora Lee Dance, inkBoat, LevyDance, Dance Monks, and Epiphany Productions. Her recent works “Journey”, “What Do I Remember”, “Scenery en Route” were presented at The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts, LevyDance Salon, and sjDANCEco ChoreoProject.

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.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny