I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father and Lost Chinatowns

Melissa Lewis and Cynthia Ling Lee
Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 & 13-15
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Performing Diaspora Residency 2018

Join CounterPulse for a double bill event featuring works by our 2018 Performing Diaspora Residency artists.

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 father, Melissa 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 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.

Cynthia Ling Lee: Lost Chinatowns. Photo by Crystal Birns

Cynthia Ling Lee: Lost Chinatowns. Photo by Crystal Birns

Please join us for these special showings

Dec 6-8 and 13-15, 2018

Thu, Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm

Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, reservable online!


Want to see the show for free? Email Justin to volunteer!



Additional Events

Pre-show Artspan reception for works by MissTANGQ on opening night, Thu, Dec 6, 6pm-8pm

Bruce Lee Film Screening at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco on Tue, Nov 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Post show Q&A  facilitated with Asian American dance scholar, SanSan Kwan, on Friday, December 7th

Closing Happy Hour at Young’s Kung Fu Action Theatre & Laundry on Saturday, December 15

Become a CounterPulse member with a donation of any size to get 25% off your ticket purchase. Click here to learn more!

The Performing Diaspora residency is made possible by support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Emmet R Quady foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

[Pictured in cover photo: Melissa Lewis; Photo by Robbie Sweeny]

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December 6, 2018
December 15, 2018
$20 - $35