Within These Walls and world premiere of its sequel Dreams of Flight
Saturdays & Sundays
May 4 - 5, 2019
May 11 - 12, 2019
May 18 - 19, 2019
11am - 12:30pm
1pm - 2:30pm
About the Performance:
Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) celebrates its Re-Staging of the Award Winning Within These Walls (2017), and the World Premiere of its sequel Dreams of Flight, both site-responsive, immersive, multimedia dance works at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay, for three weekends 5/4 - 5/19/19. These works for 12 performers, integrate contemporary dance, video projection, recorded original music, and poetry, serve as a meditation on healing, resilience, and compassion.
Inspired by experiences of those detained and processed at the Station, Within These Walls & Dreams of Flight will transform and animate the historic Barracks and newly reconstructed Hospital, into sites for remembrance. The performance is a part of a community-wide celebrations for the grand re-opening of the Public Health Hospital as the Angel Island State Park Pacific Coast Immigration Center, which is being preserved and converted for reuse as an interpretive center.
Within These Walls & Dreams of Flight also commemorate the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, speaking to the power of individuals and communities to transcend. Both of these pieces are dedicated to the 170,000 Chinese who were detained, interrogated and processed at the Station between 1910 - 1940 as a result of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which tore families apart and resulted in a mass incarceration experience that forever stamps the experience of Chinese in America.
Audiences will journey within a labyrinth of rooms throughout the historic, two-story buildings experiencing intimate interactive environments, and a tapestry of movement, sound, poetry and film integrated throughout surfaces of the building and within the walls.