Multimedia Performance with Lenora Lee

Lenora Lee is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Lenora Lee Dance. She was born and raised in San Francisco. Her large-scale interdisciplinary works combine dance, video projection, martial arts, music and text that connect various styles of movement to culture, history and human rights issues.

In this episode of Art School, tag along as Lenora and her dancers prepare for a series of performances at Asia Society in New York City. Hear about the genesis of her current multimedia performances and the impact the local Chinese community has had on her artistic practice.

And, follow Lenora Lee below as she leads you through some of the choreography from her performance The Escape. She developed this series of movements in collaboration with her dancers.

For learners of all ages, use these videos about Lenora Lee and the following questions and ideas as a catalyst for discussion and creative activities.

Review some of the physical movements related to phrases that Lenora and her dance company demonstrate. Are they literal or abstract, or both? What does abstraction look like in a physical movement?

Write or find a poem or paragraph of text that feels meaningful to you, and translate it into movement. What did you think, feel and notice about expressing words through dance?

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Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. She has interviewed many well-known contemporary artists including Miranda July, Daniel Clowes, David Shrigley, Olek, and JR. Kristin's artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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