Performing Diaspora 2018 Work-in-Progress

Melissa Lewis and Cynthia Ling Lee
Wed, Nov 14, 3:30pm-5pm
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Join CounterPulse for an intimate work-in-progress showing of with our Performing Diaspora 2018 resident artists, Melissa Lewis and Cynthia Ling Lee.

This is a chance for you to be in conversation with the artists about their works and take a deep dive into the artistic process.

About the works

Performing Diaspora supports artists that are drawing on tradition as a radical way to be responsive, inclusive, and support equity. This year we present works that connect the historical othering of Asian bodies and current xenophobic regimes while honoring the legacy of local master, film icon, and hero, Bruce Lee.

In I dreamed Bruce Lee was my fatherMelissa Lewis (顾眉) welcomes an all-Chinese cast to perform identity, martial arts technique, and cha-cha. This research-driven, interdisciplinary work considers Bruce Lee and his legacy as local master, film icon and hero.

Next, Cynthia Ling Lee presents Lost Chinatowns, a multimedia dance-theater work exploring the destruction, lost vibrancy, and historical erasure of Santa Cruz’s Chinatowns from 1860-1955. Lost Chinatowns aim to make connections between the historical othering of Asian bodies and current xenophobic regimes in the era of Trump as an act of interracial solidarity between people of color; the work is being developed in part through Borders Resurfacing, a transnational creative exchange by the Post Natyam Collective.

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[Cover photo of Cynthia Ling Lee’s Lost Chinatowns by Crystal Birns]


November 14, 2018