Interdisciplinary dance works giving artistic voice to Asian Americans

Kearny Street Workshop’s annual APAture festival: CHERISH featuring Johnny Huy Nguyen!

On Friday, October 29, join us online from 7 – 9 PM PT for CHERISH: the Performing Arts showcase event for Kearny Street Workshop’s annual APAture festival for emerging Asian Pacific American artists.

This year’s performing arts showcase features dancer and theater artist Johnny Huy Nguyen, soundscape artist LeeAnn Perry, playwright Sophie Brion Neely, and literary artist Sarah Matsui. This virtual event will be livestreamed from Bindlestiff Studio.


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After a year of isolation and social distancing, APA artists are collectively imagining what intimacy and closeness mean. During times of sickness, violence, and injustice, how do we come together in community and in radical care? What do we hold close in our lives and in our art? What do you embrace as you step into your artistic power?

About our Feature Artist, Johnny Huy Nguyen: Johnny Huy Nguyen is a first generation Vietnamese-American multidisciplinary artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Centering his practice on the body, he weaves together dance, theatre, ritual, and performance art to navigate the intersections between the personal and political. In addition to his work as an individual artist, he has appeared in the works of Embodiment Project, Lenora Lee Dance Company, Kularts, and James Graham Dance Theater.
Drawing from a multifaceted movement practice integrating fluency in multiple street dance styles,  contemporary dance, and martial arts, his vision is to activate dialogue, action, and collective healing through expressions of the body that are raw, vulnerable, and honest.





Lenora Lee Dance (LLD), based in San Francisco, is seeking Asian/Asian American male and Latinx dancers for performances in Spring and Fall 2022. 


LLD is looking for dancers with experience in choreography, improvisation, collaboration, modern / contemporary dance, and or other dance styles, for the following two projects in 2022.


“Convergent Waves” in Boston April 21-24, 2022 & SF June 9, 2022


“Convergent Waves” will be a series of 6 site-specific, multimedia performances in Boston in and around Pao Arts Center, April 21-24, 2022, and in San Francisco June 9, 2022 at the Asian Art Museum, with the possibility of touring Los Angeles and NYC in 2023. This opportunity is for Asian/Asian American male dancers.

Rehearsals will begin in SF & Boston January 2022, with Boston rehearsals occurring one week per month almost every month, for approximately 20 hours each time through April 2022 shows. All flights, lodging, rehearsal and performance time is paid.

This work celebrates the contributions of residents, activists and non-profit leaders towards the preservation of community, as neighborhoods across the country inhabited for generations face displacement through gentrification.



“In the Movement” in San Francisco – September or October 2022


“In the Movement” will be a new multimedia dance project: 6 in person and virtual performances with community dialogues September or October 2022. Comment end It will focus on the separation of families and mass detention of immigrants as a form of incarceration, and will serve as a meditation on reconciliation and restorative justice, speaking to the power of individuals and communities to transcend. This opportunity is for Asian/Asian American male & Latinx dancers.


We’re looking at rehearsals in SF twice per week starting in May, with 2 weeks of performances somewhere in the 9/1 – 10/9/22 time frame, depending on everyone’s availability. Preference is for 9/1 – 9/11/22, but is TBD. All rehearsal and performance time is paid.



Those interested in either opportunity can email 

  • your contact number, 
  • a resume, 
  • your website or social media handle
  • up to four video links of dance pieces you have choreographed or are featured dancing in by Monday, October 18, 2021


Video call backs / Auditions will be between October 25 – November 4, 2021, with notifications sent by November 12, 2021.


Call (‪415) 913-8725‬ for more information.

Image credits: Hien Huynh & Johnny Nguyen by Kate Fim 
Image credits: Macio Payomo, Johnny Nguyen, SanSan Kwan & YiTing (Gama) Hsu by Kate Fim


These projects are supported in part by Pao Arts Center, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project and Expeditions Tour Planning Grant, ArtsEmerson, California Arts Council, Cal Humanities, San Francisco Arts Commission, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts and Generous Individuals.


About the Company

For the last 13 years Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) has been pushing the envelope of intimate and large-scale multimedia dance performance that connects various styles of movement/dance, film, text, research and music to culture, history, and human rights issues. LLD creates works that are both set in public and private spaces, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength. At times crafted for the proscenium, or underwater, and at times the pieces are site-responsive, immersive and interactive. Its work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement, and educational programming. 


LLD is directed by San Francisco native Lenora Lee, who has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 23. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, a Visiting Scholar at New York University, an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission, a 2019 United States Artists Fellow, and is currently an Artist in Residence at Pao Arts Center and ArtsEmerson.


Lenora Lee Dance creates multimedia and immersive dance performances connecting various styles of movement, music, and film to culture, history and human rights issues.

10/17 Performance! Michishirube: At the crossroads  

Michishirube: At the crossroads  

Healing through art, stories, and music


Sunday, October 17
Performances at 11 am & 2 pm
Asian Art Museum

We pause at the crossroads — after more than a year of COVID, climate change, and racial reckoning, we have choices to make about how we move forward. Join us in community to find a path toward healing through interactive art making, storytelling, and music. All day, you’ll be able to participate in paper lantern, and Japanese boat model demonstrations and activities. At 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. a 90-minute performance featuring Asian artists living in diaspora will begin outside with taiko drumming and then wend its way into the museum for more, including spoken word, koto music, and lantern-lighting that will help us illuminate the path toward a more empowered future.



Visit the Japan Week San Francisco website to learn about the participating artists: AK Black, Crystel HadleyClare Jiro Hess, Shoko Hikage, Lauren Ito, Lenora Lee, Genny Lim, Ida Ma, Melody Takata, Suz Takeda, and Francis Wong. 

Organizers & Sponsors

Japan Week is supported by Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Foundation

LLD performs during Night Watch at Fort Mason, 9/17/2021

YiTing (Gama) Hsu & Hien Huynh photo by Robbie Sweeny

LLD Performs as part of Night Watch events this Friday, 9/17, 6:30pm inside the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason!

Shimon Attie’s Night Watch is a co-production between BOXBLUR and Immersive Arts Alliance, with events curated by Catharine Clark GallerySan Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
YiTing (Gama) Hsu & Hien Huynh of Lenora Lee Dance will perform excerpts of our award-winning “Within These Walls” INSIDE the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason this Friday, 9/17, 6:30pm!
We will begin in front of Cowell Theater and continue the performance inside the theater. Immediately following will be a screening of Dancers Without Borders, a program of short dance films that highlight stories of immigration. This indoor programming is co-presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s Cowell Theater in collaboration with Catharine Clark Gallery.
Vaccination proof required for those viewing the performance, film screenings, and music indoors. 
Eventbrite Link to Night Watch: Click Here
Cowell Theater/Fort Mason Address: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123
Within These Walls” (2017) was originally staged and performed by a cast of 14 at the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island State Park in 2017 and 2019. The piece is inspired by the experiences of those detained, interrogated, and processed there.
Conceived, Produced & Directed by Lenora Lee
Created in collaboration with dance artists / performers Yi-Ting (Gama) Hsu & Hien Huynh
Music Score by Francis Wong and Tatsu Aoki, with Deszon X. Claiborne, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Michael Zerang
Poetry & Text by Genny Lim and Wong Gung Jue
Media Design & Editing by Olivia Ting
This event accompanies Shimon Attie’s Night Watch, a video portrait of refugees granted asylum in the U.S., which will be visible on a floating barge from Fort Mason. Co-Produced by BOXBLUR and Immersive Arts Alliance
5 – 6:45pm | Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture presents their Fall Arts Preview Party with artwork across the campus. (Food trucks on-site at Fort Mason)
6:30 – 7:15pm | Night Watch viewing of the barge from Pier 2 at Fort Mason.
6:30 – 9:00 pm | Cowell Theater: (400+ seat theater)
Dancers Without Borders Film Screening – SF Dance Film Festival, Lenora Lee Dance performance, Classical Revolution, and a screening of Shimon Attie’s video, The View From Below. Tabling by non-profit organizations providing services to refugees and immigrants. Pre-registration for seats at the Cowell Theater is required.
**Night Watch will be visible at Fort Mason from 6:30–7:15pm, where programming will include music, dance, film, art, and partners organizations. Night Watch will then continue along the shoreline and will be viewable from Pier 15, adjacent to the Exploratorium, and then it will travel to Rincon Park where it will to stop at the shoreline in front of EPIC Steak / Waterbar Restaurant (7:45pm – 8:15pm) for programmed music by Classical Revolution.
More information about Night Watch
BOXBLUR and Immersive Arts Alliance are pleased to announce the co-production of Shimon Attie’s Night Watch, a floating media installation that will travel the San Francisco Bay from September 17- 19, 2021. Night Watch features video portraits on a 20ft-wide, hi-resolution LED screen which will travel along the Bay aboard a large, slow-moving barge to allow for on-shore public viewing. Displayed on the screen are silent, close-up video portraits of twelve refugees who were granted political asylum in the United States.
Night Watch will activate and animate the San Francisco Bay as both a literal and metaphoric site and landscape for escape, rescue, safe-passage, and the offering of safe-harbor for those most vulnerable. The artwork engages one of the most urgent issues of our time – that of welcoming or closing our doors to asylum seekers.”
Night Watch was originally presented by in 2018. The project was met with critical success and covered in the New York Times and was further reviewed by myriad other publications and television news outlets. 



YiTing (Gama) Hsu & Hien Huynh photo by Robbie Sweeny



Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation: Art and Social Justice

Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation (ticketed)

  • Saint Joseph’s Art Society1401 Howard StreetSan Francisco, CA, 94103United States (map)

Evening | Speaker presentation for Shimon Attie’s Night Watch, featuring panelists in conversation about the role of art as an amplifier for social justice issues.  Pre-registration required. This event is open to the public, but with limited admittance! Address: 1401 Howard Street, San Francisco

St. Joseph’s Art Society is a supporter of and contributor to the SF premiere of Night Watch.

Panelists at this event:

Charith Premawardhana, Classical Revolution

Ana Teresa Fernandez, artist

Lenora Lee, Lenora Lee Dance

Judy Flannery (or) Randall Heath from Dance Film SF

Clark Suprynowicz (Immersive Arts Alliance)

Moderator, Catharine Clark (BOXBLUR)

Photograph of St. Joseph’s Art Society by Elizabeth Pianta.