World Premiere of Within These Walls - A multimedia immersive dance experience by Lenora Lee Dance

Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America, and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation present the World Premiere of

Within These Walls

A multimedia immersive dance experience by Lenora Lee Dance

At the Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay

Saturdays & Sundays, September 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th

11am-12pm & 12:30-1:30pm

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Photo of Johnny Nguyen, by Robbie Sweeny

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30th Anniversary Season rolls along with June 16-18 events

Dancer Yi-Ting Hsu to be featured June 17 in Asian Improv Nation/"Reconciliations"  Photo by Jason Lam

We said our 30th Anniversary season will be our busiest and most ambitious to date. With our June 14-16 events we are continuing to bring our offerings to the public in this already banner year. Please consider attending the following upcoming Asian Improv productions!

Suna: New interdisciplinary work from Melody Takata

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Tateuchi Hall in San Francisco, CA

2017 Japan Day Festival

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Japan Center Mall Peace Plaza in San Francisco, CA

Asian Improv Nation/“Reconciliations” at 2017 Japan Day Festival

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Japan Center Mall Peace Plaza in San Francisco, CA

Jangtet at the Bayview Opera House June 17

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, CA

Jon Jang Jangtet with Amanda Kemp

Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM
SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, CA
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Upcoming Asian Improv 30th Anniversary Events!

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Save the dates: ImprovisAsians 2017!

Asian Improv aRts in association with the Sound and Social Justice Commons and San Francisco State University Creative Music Studies


ImprovisAsians! 2017

March 13 - March 17, 2017

San Francisco State University

Creative Arts Building

1600 Holloway Ave.

San Francisco, CA

ImprovisAsians! is an annual series of performances and discussions exploring the connection between the performing arts and community-building. All events are free!

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Join Us in LA February 25 for Remembering Glenn Horiuchi

Bobby Bradford, William Roper, Francis Wong

Lenora Lee

Melody Takata

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Far East Lounge, Little Tokyo, 353 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Musicians Francis Wong, Bobby Bradford, and William Roper, dancer/choreographers Lenora Lee and Melody Takata, will present an interdisciplinary concert in tribute to the late composer/instrumentalist Glenn Horiuchi and in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the production company Asian Improv aRts.

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Join us for Jon Jang's performance October 22

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 08:00 PM

Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco, CA

Presented by Jon Jang Performances, Asian Improv aRts, and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. The Jon Jangtet will perform a program of music works that pay tribute to the Chinese immigrant workers of America. The centerpiece will be the world premiere of Jon Jang’s new work, Yang Sing Work Song, to celebrate the upcoming 2 nd anniversary of the 4 million dollar settlement won by the Yank Sing Restaurant workers in November 2014. For more info click here.

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Please support this important event: From Xiaoxing Xi to Japanese American Internment: Targeting Immigrant Communities as National Security Threats

Join Professor Xiaoxing Xi, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Donald K. Tamaki, and other leaders from Chinese American, Japanese American, and Muslim American communities for a historic panel discussion. Asian Improv aRts is proud to support this important conversation. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6:00-7:30PM

City College San Francisco, Chinatown/North Beach Campus

808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108, Room 402

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Upcoming performances in May 2016!

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Lancaster New Sounds Presents Inspira April 2!

Asian Improv Nation! If you are in the Lancaster, PA area, please come see the show!

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Join us this Friday to watch “The Detached” Short Film at the 2016 CAAMFest!

Lenora Lee and Tatsu Aoki, in association with production partners Lenora Lee Dance, Innocent Eyes and Lenses Films, and Asian Improv aRts present the premier of the short film "The Detached" as a part of the 2016 CAAMFest "Through the Looking Glass" short film program!

For more information about this event please visit our calendar by clicking here.

We hope to see all of you there this Friday March 11th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco!


Photo Credit: From "The Detached" by Robbie Sweeney

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Founded in 1987, Asian Improv aRts’ (AIR) mission is to produce, present and document artistic works that represent the Asian American experience.