H.T. Chen & Dancers Az Residency

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March 23-28, 2015

H.T. Chen & Dancers Residency

A week-long community residency including lectures, master classes and school performances will occur during the week leading up to the main evening performance between March 23-28, 2015.

For details go to: http://desertdancetheatre.org/south-gold-mountain-h-t-chen-dancers/

Questions? Contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(This is not a complete schedule. Please check for updates.)

Monday, March 23 (12:00pm-1:20pm) – Master Dance Class at Paradise Valley Community College

Monday, March 23 (6:00pm-7:00pm) - Master Dance Class at Dance Theater West

Tuesday, March 24 (11:00am-11:30am) – Lecture about “Dance as a Profession” at Paradise Valley Community College

Wednesday, March 25 (6:00pm-7:30pm) - Master Dance Class at Dance Theater West

Friday-Saturday, March 27-28 (7:30pm) – Featured Performance “South of Gold Mountain"

“SOUTH OF GOLD MOUNTAIN”

Desert Dance Theatre will present H.T. Chen and Dancers in the featured performance of “South of Gold Mountain” on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30pm at Tempe Center for the Arts Theater. Tickets are $18 Adult, $15 Senior, $13 Student, $12 Group of 10+

TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 (480-350-2TCA) or www.tempe.gov/tca (Service and convenience fees may apply)

South of Gold Mountain is a multimedia dance piece based on research conducted by H.T. Chen and Dian Dong while traveling the southern states. The production incorporates blues, traditional music, oral histories, childhood songs and stories in Toishanese, and contemporary music all assembled by sound designer James Lo, video footage of historic photographs, and a multi-generational, multi-cultural cast of performers from New York and the local community. The interviews they conducted, and the oral histories created, were about the Chinese immigrant community that came to the South in the late 19th – early 20th centuries. Many of the interviewees were part of this society during the period leading up to World War II. Their parents and grandparents came initially as inexpensive/indentured laborers who effectively replaced the slaves in the field post-Civil War. And they then went on to become shopkeepers and entrepreneurs opening businesses that replaced the plantation commissaries.

The week-long residency and presentation of South of Gold Mountain by H.T. Chen & Dancers was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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