The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is pleased to partner with the Presidio Trust for their Presidio Dialogues, to present “Reclaiming Our Chinese Heritage” at the Presidio Officer’s Club on February 5, 2015. To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, Corey Chan and Lenora Lee will talk about their contemporary approaches to reinterpreting Chinese history and culture.
Corey Chan of Kei Lun Martial Arts will discuss the Chinese traditions of dragon dance, lion dance and martial arts, and their relationship to historic and contemporary practices. Corey will also show how he restored the Marysville Dragon, an historic antique dragon from the Chinese community of Marysville, California. The Marysville Dragon is currently at the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.”
Lenora Lee, director of Lenora Lee Dance, will show excerpts from her recent films and large-scale performance pieces that integrate American modern dance, Chinese dragon and lion dance, martial arts, original music, text and video. These pieces connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues.
FREE EVENT – RSVP at presidioofficersclub.com >
This event is part of the Presidio Dialogues series and is presented by the Presidio Trust in association with the Chinese Historical Society of America. Presidio Dialogues are free talks offered every Thursday evening at the Presidio Officers’ Club. For more upcoming presentations, please visit www.presidioofficersclub.com/events/category/presidio-dialogues/.
Corey Chan is a native San Franciscan, a master artist and a historian. He studied with Sifu Wilson Ng, was part of Sifu Bryant Fong’s San Francisco Wushu and Lion Dance Team, and was also in the Golden Shadows Performing Arts Troupe, which was renamed Kei Lun Martial Arts in 1994. Kei Lun Martial Arts is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the cultural legacies of the lion dance, dragon dance, and martial arts. www.keilun.com.
Founded in 2008, Lenora Lee Dance has served over 16,500 individuals through an annual performance season, local Bay Area performances, tours, civic engagement programs including workshops, lectures and panel discussions, museum and gallery installations, and films. Lenora Lee (artistic director) was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. www.LenoraLeeDance.com