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 Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Jose Children’s Museum, and collaborated with various dance companies in the Bay Area. Her work shifts between video projection and altered 360 VR film experiences. She holds an MFA in Art Practice from U.C. Berkeley. 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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George Cheng (dance) began his dance career in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to his work at UC Berkeley where he received a Bachelor’s of Art focused on Art and Social Change, he has traveled to countries including Cambodia, Burma, and Brazil to work with non-profit performance art organizations and dancers from around the world. He has judged, taught, performed, and battled internationally. George’s dance background includes B-boying, Capoeira, House, Modern Dance, and Afro-brazilian. He believes that the Arts and Culture are essential in bringing about positive social change. In addition to being an arts educator working with youth, George is also an active member of world renowned hip hop collective Circle of Fire/SoulShifters and Bay Area based Hip Hop theatre company Embodiment Project.

Derek Harris (dance) is a multidisciplinary artist with experience in the visual arts, photography, film, theatre, music, dance, choreography, and writing. While in San Francisco, Derek has worked as a performer with Ziru Dance, Hope Mohr Dance, punkkiCo, Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, 13th Floor, and Human Creature Dance Theatre which he co-founded in 2008.

Jory Horn (dance) combines Cambodian culture and dance, as a means of advocacy to address challenges and celebrations of the Cambodian-American community. His guidance and mentorship of the Cambodian art form is a true testament of the strength and resilience of his people and survived through living dance masters Chayra Burt, Chey Chankethya, and Prumsodun Ok. Jory holds a BA in Dance and minor in Recreation Administration from CSU Sacramento.

Yi-Ting (Gama) Hsu (dance) was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and has trained in 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. She moved to San Francisco in 2015 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. www.gamahsu.com

Lynn Huang (dance)Trained in modern dance, ballet, and Chinese dance, Lynn 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.

Hien Huynh (dance/marketing & communications) was born in Da Nang, Vietnam. Through embodied practice, Hien aspires to seek understanding, and honor the recognition of the vibrations of life, deepen awarenesses, and open heart for human compassion. He is honored to have performed in the works of Lenora Lee Dance, Kim Epifano, Robert Moses’ Kin, Kinetech Arts, PUSH, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Christy Funsch & Nol Simonse, and punkkiCo. www.hien-huynh.com 

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.

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) hails from Taiwan. Wei-Shan received her diploma in dance studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She relocated to San Francisco in 2013. She has worked with Lenora Lee Dance, LEVYdance, inkBoat, Dance Monks, Epiphany Productions, and Inferno Theatre. Wei-Shan has presented her works in London, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her recent works, “Journey”, “Scenery en Route vol. 2”, and “What Do I Remember” were presented at The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts, LEVYdance Salon, sjDANCEco ChoreoProject, Inferno’s Diasporas Festival, and Z Below. www.weishanlai.org

Megan Lowe (dance) is a dancer/choreographer/singer who creates her own works, and has performed with Flyaway Productions, Scott Wells & Dancers, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Epiphany Productions, Dance Brigade, and more. Megan teaches for Flyaway, Joe Goode Performance Group, Bandaloop, for contact improvisation gatherings, and for Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, where she currently works as the Office Manager. mlowedances.wixsite.com/meganlowe

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 second generation Vietnamese American multidisciplinary performing artist navigating the intersections between the personal and political. His practice is informed by fluency in street dance forms and contemporary dance. Johnny‘s vision is to use his craft to activate dialogue, healing, and action in ways that are raw, vulnerable, and honest. In addition to Lenora Lee Dance Company, he currently performs with Embodiment Project, Kularts, James Graham Dance Theatre

Dalmacio Payomo (dance) is a native of Oakland, CA and a graduate of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program. After graduating from the BFA program Dalmacio had the opportunity to perform the works of Kara Davis, Maurya Kerr, Fernando Melo, Robert Moses, K.T Nelson, Brenda Way, Kate Weare, and Johannes Wieland. Aside from dance, Dalmacio is also a music producer and has created music for Bay Area choreographers Tanya Bello, Gregory Dawson, Arturo Fernandez, and Maurya Kerr.

Shannon Preto (dance/company manager) 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.

Alley Wilde (dance) is a white, not-disabled, queer, gender non-conforming person with access to male privilege and USAmerican citizenship whose performances confront questions of power, inequity, and liberation. Wilde was born and raise on the traditional lands of the Tongva (so-called Orange County) and currently lives on the traditional lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone (so-called San Francisco). They did not study dance formally and have developed their performance vocabulary dancing in clubs and through workshops with teachers like: Sara Shelton Mann, Violeta Luna, Peter Plier, Keith Hennessy, Guillermo Gomez Peña, James Graham, Urban Bush Women, Mari Osanai, and Hiroko Tamano. You can write Alley at wilde.alley@gmail.com

Photo by Robbie Sweeny