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H.T. Chen & Dancers: South of Gold Mountain

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H.T. Chen & Dancers: South of Gold Mountain

Time: October 15, 2015 at 7:30pm to October 18, 2015 at 3pm
Location: New York Live Arts
Street: 219 W 19 St
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://newyorklivearts.org/ev…
Event Discipline: dance, performance
Organized By: Chen Dance Center
Latest Activity: Sep 22, 2015

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South of Gold Mountain
Oct 15-17 at 7:30pm, Oct 18 at 3pm 
Tickets start at $15 

Oct 15: pre-show discussion with panel of scholars, historians, and civic leaders
Oct 15: $60 VIP ticket includes post-show reception

South of Gold Mountain choreographed by H.T. Chen & Dian Dong, draws from rich oral histories, treasured images, official and private documentation of Chinese settlers lured to America by the promise of gold and a prosperous life.  With the support of Chinese American community heritage museums and family associations in the US, three years of extensive research and in-depth interviews were conducted with immigrants and their descendants.

HT Chen & Dancers’ production memorializes the struggles of thousands of Chinese Americans and their legacy.  Blending a contemporary sound score, traditional Chinese music, and Deep South Blues, this vital dance-theater celebration of the first Chinese American settlements is an enlightening story of immigration, civil rights, and assimilation. 

Sound Design: James Lo

Lighting: Joe Doran

Scenic Design: Eric Harriz

Costumes: Caprice Esser

Performers: Gary Champi, Dian Dong, Renouard Gee, Ezra Goh, Joanie Johnson, Maki Shinagawa, Ari Someya, Keyasha Williams-Bailey, Kelly Butterworth, Janina Clark, Torrey McAnena

“… a moving and engaging choreographic tribute to the few pioneering Chinese immigrants who settled in the American South starting as early as the end of the Civil War.”         -  John Jung, Author, Scholar, Professor

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