MINNEAPOLIS — Acclaimed Hmong choreographer Iny Mai Vang Xiong will direct her Iny Asian Dance Theater in celebrating the Lunar New Year with what is labeled as the first ever Asian Dance Drama.
A performance from YIYUSA (Youth International Youth USA) will feature youthful talent, interweaving acrobatics, dazzling traditional Asian dances, and amazing costumes in an extraordinary 120-minute show of Friday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. (for schools only), Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. All performance will be held at St. Catherine University’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105.
In collaboration with Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Asian Media Access, Pan Asian Arts Alliance, this authentic dance drama utilizes multi-media to re-tell an ancient Asian mystery. YIYUSA adapts a traditional folklore while incorporating graceful dance movements and group formations to present a breathtaking story.
Directed by Kang Vang, the music is composed by Chaochee Ly, with dancing choreographed by Iny Mai Vang Xiong. More than 200 dancers perform in more than 40 newly choreographed pieces, making this the one New Year performance not to be missed.
Iny Asian Dance Theater has earned sever first place titles at annual Hmong New Year dance competitions. The troupe is famous for its explosive physical capabilities along with beautiful costumes using traditional and for applying contemporary music to adaptations of dance from many different Asian regions.
Iny Xiong teaches more than 120 students annually. The dance school has a mission to broaden students’ abilities and knowledge of culture and arts. Its goal is to foster an appreciation of Asian dances through teaching and performance to the general public.
Iny Asian Dance Theater serves to keep continue the teaching of Asian traditional dancing, with a special focus on Asian Indian, Chinese, Hmong, Laotian and Thai dances. Through weekly dance classes and community engagement performances, an annual recital and this new dance drama performance series, the school works to share culture and talent with the mainstream to build a better appreciation for diverse arts.
Iny Asian Dance Theater currently teaches seven different dance levels and age groups, ranging from the most advanced, MN SunShine, Ocean Dance Group, Hmong Heroes, Silver Skies, Dancing Mist, and Snow Flakes, to the youngest beginner Rainbow Dance Group.
The ticket price is $18 for the regular admission, $15 for students, seniors, children under 12 and group tickets (>10), and VIP admission (with best seats in the house, and after-show reception at Sat) is $50.00. To purchase tickets – please contact: [email protected], 612-376-7715 (Chinese, English and Hmong interpreters available)
For more information about there dances and performances, please check Iny Asian Dance Theater website at www.inyasiandancetheater.org, call at 612-376-7715, or e-mail Pa Xiong at [email protected] and visit www.inyasiandancetheater.org.
This project is sponsored by the MN State Arts Board’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2008), City of St Paul’s Cultural Star Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Minnesota Department of Education, and Target Foundation.