The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is proud to sponsor J CHEN PROJECT with the Creative Space Grant initiative for the upcoming dance project, AAPI Heroes: Myths and Legends, an immersive evening of dance that reimagines the past, present, and future through an Asian American cultural lens. Take a journey through the spaces of MOCA and explore different worlds filled with AAPI stories of strength, resilience, and resistance in the face of ongoing challenges and discrimination. AAPI Heroes aims to educate, raise awareness, and inspire audiences to stand in solidarity and take action to address and combat these issues while also honoring the rich fruits of AAPI history.
This evening will include new works inspired by two iconic Asian American figures who have significantly impacted American culture and society: Bruce Lee and Anna May Wong. The performances will pay tribute to the enduring influence of Bruce Lee’s martial arts and philosophy and the trailblazing career of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star.
Director and Choreographer: Jessica Chen
Production Stage Manager: Beau Banks
Lighting Designer: Jennifer Fok
Composer and Sound Designer: PaprTape
Costume Designers: Lui Konno, Erica Johnston, Keiko Voltaire
Artistic Assistant: Neysha Merced
Dancers: Carl Ponce Cubero, Sumire Ishige, Maya Lam, Chieh Hsiung,
Fang-Ting Yeh, Tsubasa Nishioka, Cameron Surh and Fiona Tsang
AAPI Heroes: Myths and Legends is funded by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) through the NYS AAPI Community Fund and sponsored by the Museum of Chinese in America.
JCP Programs are made possible with funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, Amerivision Inc, and the Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund.