Please help us raise $8,000 to take our dance company to New York City to perform Noodle Women!
dNaga has been invited to the Chen Dance Center in the heart of Chinatown, New York City to perform Noodle Women! It's a dance that explores cultural practices, developmental disability, noodles and being a girl in a Chinese family. When Pamela Wu, Producing Director of the San Francisco based Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, invited me to work with Flo Oy Wong, there was no hesitation in agreeing. Being half Chinese with a Hong Kongese mother, I jumped at the opportunity to make a work about this acclaimed Chinese American visual artist. Seeing Wong’s art make no apologies for its cultural content, gave me permission and encouragement to create this work, coming full circle as an Asian American artist. Noodle Women premiered in May 2008 during the San Francisco opening of Flo Oy Wong's visual art retrospective 70/30: Seventy Years of Life, Thirty Years of Art. Noodle Women was also performed with Ms. Wong’s exhibit “Raising the Voices” in October of 2008, and again in March of 2009 in the greater Bay Area. Noodle Women was created for Ms. Wong’s piece about her developmentally disabled sister Li Hong.
Within the traditional Chinese culture, children (especially girls) are not encouraged to present themselves in the way that I have choreographed for these young dancers (especially when creating movements that suggest imperfection, or being different). My hope is that awareness of the important themes the dance addresses can lead to more communication, acceptance and support within our own families.
I am very excited about bringing this work to Chen Dance Theater in the heart of Chinatown, NYC! The performance dates are July 23 and 24, 2010.
Noodle Women is silly, serious and deep. It incorporates personal stories captured in interviews and crafted live by Marimba Lumina Man, Joel Davel. Here is a link to a You Tube clip www.youtube.com/watch....
The dancers are:
Catalina Jackson Uruena, Lucie Jerome, Allison Naganuma, Julia Milani, Lihong Chan, Julia Yoshino, Mana Hayakawa and Chaityn Isaacson-Brewster, and myself.
My support staff includes art administrators and collaborators, who have worked with me to produce dance since 1992! The travel arrangements are in process. Being co-presented by CDC Theater means support in New York City! The logistics are set in place, now we need to raise the funds to make it happen. Please give us a KICK and launch our project!
The $8,000 will pay for our air and housing to perform this important work that WE LOVE! We are a professional company that has something unique to offer New York City. Please back us in making this dream of performing in New York a dream come TRUE!
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Each and every offer of support to back Noodle Women comes with our deep appreciation written in a personal note. You helped make this happen for us and we will happily list your name in the program of the Noodle Women New York premiere at CDC Theater in Chinatown. A portion of your pledge will be tax deductible.
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A bound copy of the Noodle Women transcript, AND a dvd of Noodle Women.
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These true patrons will receive the whole shebang PLUS a custom garment designed specifically for your creative expression by Artistic Director, Claudine Naganuma.
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