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the World Premiere of

Fire of Freedom

a new multimedia immersive dance piece by Lenora Lee Dance

Thursdays-Sundays, September 10-13 and 17-20, 2015, 8pm

Location: Fort Mason Center's General's Residence in the Upper Fort Mason area - enter at Franklin & Bay Streets. Turn right after the first Stop sign. Click here for a map

LIMITED CAPACITY, best to purchase tickets soon

Arts Patron: $30 includes reserved seating
Admission: $16 in advance, $20 at the door (fees apply)
Student rate: $12 in advance, $16 at the door (fees apply)
Group rate available
Tickets:, (415) 345-7575
Information:, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LLD celebrates its 8th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of
Fire of Freedom, a new multimedia immersive dance piece that explores cycles of violence and healing in the context of our increasingly challenging world. The work of Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, global conflict, and its impacts, particularly on women and families. Audiences will travel through a labyrinth of rooms throughout the three story General's Residence in an intimate interactive environment, a tapestry of movement, sound and visual collage throughout the interior and exterior of the building.

"We strive to generate artistic work that engages deeply the connections between individuals and their experiences, and community and collective memory, through creative processes, research, and public involvement." - Lenora Lee

"Fire of Freedom's intrigue lies in its multi-modal exploration of violence and regeneration", said Rich Hillis, Executive Director of the Fort Mason Center. "The immersive experience created by Lenora Lee Dance is a powerful and moving journey through the lives of the unrepresented."

conceived & directed by Lenora Lee
music by Francis Wong with Deszon Claiborne, Karen Stackpole, Tatsu Aoki
cinematography directed & edited by Tatsu Aoki,
filmed by Ben Estabrook, Joel Wanek, Zhuoyun Chen
media design & editing by Olivia Ting
media programming by Ian Winters
set design by Lenora Lee, Olivia Ting, Karl Gillick
lighting design by Patty-Ann Farrell
text excerpts taken from Katinka Hooyer's "Objects for Deployment"
sound engineers: Karen Stackpole, Caleb Willitz, Lenora Lee, Sound Innovations

choreography by Lenora Lee in collaboration with the following artists:

performing live: Nick Brentley, Christian Felix, Larissa Fong, Marina Fukushima, Chin-chin Hsu, Yi-Ting Hsu, Lynn Huang, SanSan Kwan, Wei-Shan Lai, Wayne Tai Lee, Tim Rubel, David Silpa

on video: Kelly Del Rosario, Raymond Fong, Mike Garabato, Jorge Hernandez, Jon Iiyama, Eric Jacobus, Rafael Janania, Ed Kahana, Yukihiko Noda, Lucas Okuma, Bo Speirs

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.
- Content suitable for young adult and adult guests
- We encourage guests with special needs to contact us prior to arrival at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415-345-7575.

For the last eight years, LLD has been pushing the envelope of large-scale multimedia dance performance that connects various styles of movement and music to culture, history & human rights issues. Its work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation, and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement and educational programming.

The company is directed by San Francisco native Lenora Lee, who has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 17 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum and a Djerassi Resident Artist. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University and an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater. LLD creates works that are both set in public and private spaces, intimate and at the same time large-scale, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength.

For more than 35 years Fort Mason Center has served as a unique destination in San Francisco, hosting arts and cultural events, organizations, and programs in a historic campus along San Francisco's scenic northern waterfront. It is an extraordinary example of repurposing former military land and buildings for contemporary uses, including museums, performance spaces, and a vibrant schedule of art and cultural exhibitions and events. Each year the Fort Mason Center provides more than $2.2 million in grants to local arts groups like Embark Gallery.  With more than 1 million annual visitors, the Fort Mason Center is one of the highest attended arts and cultural organizations in the Bay Area. For more information, visit or call (415) 345-7530

Special thanks to Dance Mission Theater, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, SF Arts Commission, SF Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Generous Individuals. Arts Patron Corporate Sponsors: DAE Advertising, Portsmouth Square Parking Corporation. Arts Patron Community Sponsors: Donaldina Cameron House, Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Community Circle Partners: Asian Women's Shelter, Chinese Progressive Association, Xavier Tsang

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In the News


At the gala for choreographer Kyle Abraham and his dance company, one question could boggle the mind: Were there more artists onstage or in the audience? It might have been a draw: Dancer-actress Bebe Neuwirth, iconic Fosse dancer Ben Vereen, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, choreographer Robert Battle and more gathered on Oct. 16 to celebrate the acclaimed Abraham and to raise funds that were going to a good cause: Health insurance for company members of Abraham’s company Abraham In Motion (A.I.M.). Click here to read the full story from DANCE.COM.  Photo by MK Photo. 



Pang! is a triptych of three radio plays based on the lives of three families living below the poverty line and hungering for a change. As Pang!'s premiere approaches, we would like to highlight the story of Cedar Rapids family. The parents of the Cedar Rapids family escaped war-torn Burundi and found shelter in a Tanzanian refugee camp. After the birth of their first child, the family resettled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Their radio play is based on the unforeseen circumstances the family faced as refugees in America. Shows in Cedar Rapids October 21st and 22nd. Shows in Los Angeles coming Dec 2nd and 3rd.



WACD’s Willy Souly featured in Dance Teacher. Five artists who bring the music and dance of West Africa to U.S. Campuses. People are flocking to West African classes across the country. Students are enticed by the sounds of the drums, exhilarated by the movement and want to come back for more. Each dance has a meaning and function, so they are also learning about the many different cultures within West Africa. In Burkina Faso alone there are more than 60 ethnic groups, each with its own language, instruments and dances. Listening to the music, one may hear sounds that are reminiscent of reggae, salsa, highlife or Afro-beat. This is part of the allure for American students. Click here to read the story.


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