Multimedia Performance with Lenora Lee

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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?


Funding for coverage of arts that explore social issues is provided by the California Arts Council.