Telling myself what to do feels foreign And bends itself into what will turn into the first escape of many It takes a careful tread and a dissonant listening in order to achieve the uncut smile that spreads across my face So I scan wildly Wanting no one’s eye but my own Desperation and wanton […]
About This Artist
Melissa Lewis (顾眉) is a ChineseAmerican artist working with mixed identities and mediums. Her work has been presented here and abroad. She thinks often of decolonization, mother tongues, and queerness. Melissa has been dreaming and reading about Bruce Lee for the last year, and comes from a background of traditional Chinese folk arts.
Current Key Collaborators:
Brenton Cheng. Rose Huey. Kim Ip. Nina Wu.
About this Project
An all-Chinese cast performs 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.
Photos courtesy of Melissa Lewis
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