10/17/13 Kathak Dancing with Seibi Lee, and 8 days to build, 8 minutes to burn

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On this week’s installment:

Seibi Lee, photo by Margo Moritz

Seibi Lee, photo by Margo Moritz

Chinese-Japanese Canadian Seibi Lee is the Pricipal Dancer of the Chitresh Das Dance Company. Seibi began her Kathak studies with Pandit Chitresh Das in Toronto, Canada in 1991.  Realizing the importance of studying intensely and directly with Panditji, Seibi relocated to the Bay Area in 1998.  She began touring nationally and internationally with the acclaimed Chitresh Das Dance Company in 2003 and, as principal dancer at CDDC, has earned rave reviews for her dual dramatic roles of demon Marich and beloved monkey prince Hanuman in Panditji’s world premier of “Sita Haran” in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Kolkata, India.  In Novemeber of 2008, she presented her debut full length solo performance at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and has been chosen as OACC’s artist-in-residence for 2012-2013.  Seibi embodies the depth of Panditji’s training and has emerged as a dynamic and powerful force in the next generation of Kathak artists.

To view video highlights of Seibi, please click here.

We’ll also have a ticket giveaway to watch Seibi at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. So tune in for details!

Members of the Ugatlahi Artist Collective stand in front of the effigy they've built. Photo by R.J. Lozada

Members of the Ugatlahi Artist Collective stand in front of the effigy they’ve built. Photo by R.J. Lozada

Contributor R.J. Lozada files another installment of his summer reporting trip to the Philippines, this time he observes the effigy building process and profiles the Ugatlahi Artist Collective — a set of men and women artist who work with Bayan and member organizations annually to create the effigy for the SONA ng Bayan, or the People’s SONA (State of the Nation Address), where thousands of Filipinos took to the main streets of the Philippines to protest the Aquino Administration during his annual State of the Nation Address.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

On Friday (10/18) evening, join the Korea Policy Institute and Food First to learn about organic farming and how South Korean farmers are fighting free trade.  Christine Ahn and Sunyoung Yang will be giving a report back on their Food Sovereignty Tour to South Korea where they visited organic farms and peasant worker cooperatives.  The event starts at 6pm at Sustaining Ourselves Locally, 1236 23rd Avenue, Oakland.

The APAture arts festival continues this week with several events featuring emerging Asian Pacific American Talent.

  • You wont want to miss tomorrow night at 50 Social Mason House off of Powell St BART: APAture presents a Literary Night APA-style. Tired of the same kind of literary readings? Come check out ten of the best Asian Pacific American writers the bay area has to offer. Drinks and pub-style trivia start at 7:00 p.m., with writers reading until 10:00. This event is strictly 21 and up.
  • Saturday from 11-5, APAture continues at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco with its Comic and Zines Expo! Featuring Sidewalk Empire’s creator Eddie H. Ahn, this daylong fair includes a bookmaking workshop, animation screenings, and a panel on Asian American Women Comic Book Creators.
  • On Sunday from 3-6 at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio, APAture takes the stage with Performance Night. APA artists will present modern dance, sketch comedy, theater, and performance art. Come witness the wide-range of expression from the bay area’s most promising APA performers.

Visit kearnystreet.org for tickets and information.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Asian American Theater Company presents the West Coast reading of The Chinese Delivery Man by Isaac Ho. This award-winning screenplay, inspired by the real life killing of a Chinese deliveryman, explores an immigrant family’s struggle with the criminal court system. Reserve your seat on Eventbrite for this one-time only show.

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