A Plea to Support Lenora Lee's new dance work "Reflections"
One of the highlights of last July's centennial celebration at the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island was a excerpt from "Passages," a multi-media dance work based on Lenora Lee's grandmother's Angel Island experience. As she embarks on a new project, we would like to share her message to you.
Please give her your generous support. Thank you.
Dear Angel Island Supporter,
First, thank you all for your support of my 2010 interdisciplinary dance work “Passages.” I am now pleased to introduce to you my upcoming 2011 work “Reflections” exploring the experiences of creating community and a sense of place by succeeding generations in my family and community, beginning with my grandfather, who immigrated through Angel Island in 1922. As such, this work is dedicated to three generations of men in the Lee family.
“Reflections” features my artistic direction, choreography and performance, dancer Marina Fukushima, martial arts collaborators Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo, media design by Olivia Ting, music by Francis Wong, text by Genny Lim, and videography by Ben Estabrook.
In particular, I am very excited about the opportunity to work with martial artists from Kei Lun and Enshin Karate SSF Dojo in this next phase of storytelling. These artists bring a special perspective rooted in their ongoing practice that contributes to our community’s cultural integrity and provides insight into the relationship between movement and mind. It is my hope that the resulting artistic work will inspire dialogue about our direction as a community in our increasingly complex global society.
The San Francisco premiere is set for September 8th - 11th. It will be presented by CounterPULSE through the Artist Residency Commissioning Program, in partnership with Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, & Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. The New York premiere will take place October 19th – 23rd as part of White Wave’s Wave Rising series at the John Ryan Theater.
So far $13,000 has been raised for the project. While this is wonderful and exciting news to share, we still looking to raise $25,000 more to ensure our programming through the end of the year. It will cover the costs of artist fees, airfare, lodging & transportation in New York, video production & design, equipment rental, rehearsal space rental, and costumes. More than ever, we are asking for your much needed participation in seeing us through to our goal of $38,000. Your contribution is critical to our efforts in sharing stories about the Chinese American experience, giving voice to our truths, accomplishments and struggles.
With much gratitude and appreciation for your generosity,
Lenora Lee, Artistic Director
Lenora Lee Dance
DONATIONS ONLINE BY CREDIT CARD:
("Donate", Designate Purpose – “For Reflections")
DONATIONS BY MAIL:
Asian Improv aRts
44 Montgomery St., Suite 2310
San Francisco, CA 94104
Please note on check: "For Reflections"
Contributions in support of this project are greatly appreciated and are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. "Reflections" is fiscally sponsored by Asian Improv aRts, a non-profit tax-exempt organization.
I’d like to share with you a new video of clips taken from the making of “Reflections.” Please click here.
Video editing by Olivia Ting, Videography by Ben Estabrook
Photos by Tim Richards and Cody T Williams