Pages - A new interdisiciplinary work by Melody Takata to premiere Halloween at the Asian Art Museum

at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102

Things will get a little spooky with an innovative performance combining music, experimental film and dance, inspired by the 1926 film “A Page of Madness,” written by Nobel Prize-winning Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972). PAGES is a meditation on the emergence of Japanese modernist and experimentalist art movements. 

The performance haunts and delights with a music ensemble directed by saxophonist Francis Wong with Tatsu and Kioto on electronics and taiko respectively, an experimental film by Tatsu Aoki, and taiko, costuming and movement components by Melody Takata. 


Supported in part by an Organization Project Grant sponsored by the Community Investments Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. 

Check out a preview of the performance here


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Don't miss a rare performance of Jon Jang's Tiananmen! October 25

From Jon Jang "Sunday October 25 at 6:45 at the Green Room in the War Memorial Veteran's Building on Van Ness in San Francisco, Tiananmen will be reimagined in a FREE performance with new and younger creative musicians such as Hitomi Oba and Henry Hung, as well as a rhythm section of Gary Brown and Deszon Cliaborne who have been performing my music the past decade. One cannot have a concert at Veteran's Building without the vets who have performed my music the past three decades: James NortonJohn L. Worley Jr, Melecio Magdaluyo and Jeff Cressman."

This performance is a part of SF Music Day presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. It is also a part of Anthony Brown's Field Report and the state of the Asian American jazz movement. The performance is partially funded by Asian Improv aRts in order that this major work last performed in 1994 could be remounted and "reimagined" 21 years later. For a full schedule for SF Music Day click here.

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Lenora Lee Dance - World Premiere - Fire of Freedom - Fort Mason 9/10 to 9/20

FORT MASON CENTER PRESENTS -- Lenora Lee Dance: Fire of Freedom

The General's Residence — Sep 10th through Sep 20th


Fort Mason Center Presents, in association with Asian Improv aRts, the Asian Pacific Islander API Cultural Center, and the Chinese Historical Society of America present the world premiere of Fire of Freedom by Lenora Lee Dance.

Fire of Freedom is a new multimedia immersive dance work that explores cycles of violence and healing in the context of an increasingly challenging world. Audiences travel through a labyrinth of rooms within the three-story General’s Residence, experiencing movement vignettes in a sound and visual collage designed by Lenora Lee Dance (LLD)’s innovative interdisciplinary artistic team. LLD’s work has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, global conflict, human trafficking, and the impacts of these issues, particularly on women and families.

Fire of Freedom features media design by Olivia Ting, music by Francis Wong, videography directed by Tatsu Aoki, lighting by Patty Ann Farrell, and media programming by Ian Winters. Performers include Nick Brentley, Christian Felix, Larissa Fong, Marina Fukushima, Irene Hsiao, Chin-chin Hsu, Gama Hsu, Lynn Huang, SanSan Kwan, Wei-Shan Lai, Wayne Tai Lee, and David Silpa.

Audience Please Note

++ Comfortable footwear is encouraged.
++ Coat, purse, and bag check service is available for $2 and is highly recommended.
++ Guests may encounter situations in close proximity with performers.
++ For guests with special needs -- please contact us prior to arrival ( or (415) 345-7575).

Thursday-Sunday, September 10-20, 8:00 p.m.
$16-$20 (General Admission)
$30-$50 (Arts Patron, includes reserved seating)
$12-$16 (Student Rate)
$10 (Group Rate per person, minimum eight tickets purchased in advance online only)
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VENUE: The General's Residence (show less)

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6th Annual Chinatown Music Festival!

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Japan Week 2015 June 22-28 SF Japantown

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Next performance! May 30 - Wong Wei's Gamble with the Francis Wong Unit Plus

Saturday, May 30 7:00pm
Festival Central, Bldg A, Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123
United States
Tickets: $15-$30 General Admission and Reserved Seating

Presented by San Francisco International Arts Festival, Asian Pacific Island Cultural Center, Lenora Lee Dance and Asian Improv aRts

Taking inspiration from his grandfather, Francis Wong has created a work in four movements called WONG WEI'S GAMBLE. Wong Wei was a professional jockey and a business manager who dared to re-open the international race track in in Tianjin, China during the Japanese occupation in World War II. It was a risky move: but he did it to provide employment, entertainment, and community for his city during this dark period.

Artists featured: Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki, Lenora Lee, John-Carlos Perea, Yangqin Zhao, Karen Stackpole, Deszon X. Claiborne, Karl Evangelista.


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Francis Wong Unit performing May 2 at Joice Alley Celebration and Cameron Carnival

From Francis Wong, "I am pleased to participate in the annual Joice Alley Celebration and Cameron Carnival this Saturday May 2 in San Francisco Chinatown in Joice Alley between Sacramento and Clay Streets. I will be joining a lot of great artists associated with the community there: Singer/Songwriter Charlie Chin, Corey Chan and Kei Lun Martial Arts, dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, and of course my ensemble the Francis Wong Unit with special guest Okinawan singer Wesley Ueunten featuring Karl Evangelista (guitar) Karen Stackpole (gongs and trapset drums). Lenora will also be joining us. My group will perform sets at 1 pm and 2 pm." Click here for the details.

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It's Spring 2015!

Click here for details on upcoming shows! 

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ImprovisAsians 2015: The People's Stories Monday April 20 - Friday April 24

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Support Genryu Arts Indiegogo Campaign to fund its 20th Anniversary Celebrations

Join us in supporting Genryu Arts Indiegogo campaign! Click here for details.

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