ImprovisAsians 2018 October 17, 19, and 23


Coming up: Lenora Lee Dance - Beneath The Surface 10/6-10/14


Asian Improv aRts and API Cultural Center present

The World Premiere of

Beneath The Surface

A new underwater, multimedia experience by Lenora Lee Dance


Saturday, 10/6 – 8:30pm

Sunday, 10/7 – 6:30pm & 8:30pm

Saturday, 10/13 – 8:30pm

Sunday, 10/14 – 6:30pm & 8:30pm

Performances will begin on time, please arrive early.

Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) celebrates its 11th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of Beneath The Surface, LLD’s first underwater, multimedia experience premiering in a two-week run 10/6 – 10/14/18. Beneath The Surface serves a meditation on forgiveness, reconciliation, and redemption, speaking to the power of individuals to transcend.

Audiences are reoriented for a unique perspective that merges memory, contemporary reality, and social commentary, experiencing epic storytelling inside an underwater world.

Portsmouth Square Parking Garage
733 Kearny (between Clay & Washington)


There are a VERY LIMITED number of tickets available. Purchase your tickets early!


Arts Patron – $60 (reserved seating & invitation to VIP celebration with the cast on 10/22/18)

General Admission – $40

Seniors 65+, Students with Valid ID – $30

For more info:
For questions or high resolution images, email [email protected], (415) 913-8725

We encourage guests with special needs or questions to contact us in advance. 

October 07, 2018 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
YMCA of San Francisco Chinatown Branch
855 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
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July 19, 24, and 26 Stories in Motion in San Francisco

Special series of performances July 19, 24, and 26!

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Next performance June 29 and 30 in Melody Takata's "Boxes"

Not knowing who we are could be wonderful. Is personal identity a "box"? Referencing the work of writer Kobo Abe, this new interdisciplinary collaboration from Melody Takata explores the investment in identity in today’s racialized and technology-driven existence. In this pursuit, Boxes brings together a multi-dimensioned ensemble drawing on artistic languages from traditional Japanese culture to the avant garde visual, media, and sound arts. Featuring musician/dancer Melody Takata, saxophonist Francis Wong, tuba player William Roper of Los Angeles, bassist, shamisen, taiko artist, and filmmaker Tatsu Aoki of Chicago, Taiko and Visual Artist Kioto Aoki of Chicago, and Grandmaster of the nagauta (kabuki style) shamisen Chizuru Kineya of Tokyo.

Admission free. Seating is limited so please reserve by going to

Boxes is a presentation of Japan Week/SF 2018.


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It's that time again! ImprovisAsians 2018: April 18 - 20

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


ImprovisAsians 2018!:

April 18 - April 20, 2018

San Francisco State University

Creative Arts Building

1600 Holloway Ave.

San Francisco, CA

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


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Performativities I

A program of duo and solo performance by


SFSU Professors Hafez Modirzadeh and Francis Wong (saxophones)

Ramin Zoufonoun  (solo Persian piano)

SFSU Professor John Carlos Perea (Native American flute) and Shura Ng Taylor (guzheng)


1:10 pm to 2 pm

Knuth Hall, SFSU Creative Arts Building

Admission Free and Open to the Public




Friday, April 20, 2018


Performativities II

A program of interdisciplinary works featuring


SFSU Professors Wesley Ueunten (sanshin and voice), John-Carlos Perea (bass) and Francis Wong

Melody Takata (taiko)

Lenora Lee Dance


1:10 pm to 2 pm

Knuth Hall, SFSU Creative Arts Building

Admission Free and Open to the Public


Join me in LA 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.

For more details click here

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Silence-Sound-Action-(?) Installation in SF Chinatown On View through November 2


Silence-Sound-Action-( )
Social Botany in San Francisco’s 2nd Research Presentation, Featuring Francis Wong 

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20, 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat, 11am-4pm, or by appointment
Installation on view Thursday, 20 OCTOBER, 2016 – Wednesday, 2 NOVEMBER, 2016

“We are not as concerned with selling our music in physical forms, like CDs, or even as MP3s, we are more concerned with increasing the symbolic value of our works, as a means to create both economic and artistic opportunity in an overall sense.” -- Francis Wong

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Inspira! Performing at Lancaster New Sounds April 2

Looking forward to Saturday's show in Lancaster, PA!

For information click here

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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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ImprovisAsians! 2016

ImprovisAsians 2016! Coming up in less than two weeks! Please make it to one of the shows. This year we have expanded our venues to Japantown for the concert will Bobby Bradford, William Roper, Lenora Lee, Genevieve Lim, and yours truly!


For website links to each individual event click here


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