MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 16, 2014) — In collaboration with Asian Media Access, Iny Asian Dance Theater (IADT) proudly presents the dance drama “Longing for Qeej.” “Longing for Qeej” utilizes multi-media, interweaving acrobatics and traditional Hmong dances to retell stories of the Hmong Village along with the magical mythical creatures as well.
“Longing for Qeej” will be presented at Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, 7 p.m. at Concordia University’s E.M. Pearson Theater, 275 Syndicate Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104-5494. The admission is $15 per ticket, and purchase 10 and more tickets will have 10 percent discount. It would be a family friendly, and Hmong traditions centered dance drama. Sponsored by MN State Arts Board, 10 percent the tickets will be set aside for FREE for the low-income families, please call 612-376-7715 to reserve them.
Created by award winning choreographer Iny Xiong,“Longing for Qeej” is a unique dance drama that showcases the Hmong American Artists and their talents. Everything from directing the dance drama, to composing songs, to choreography, and to the dancers themselves, “Longing for Qeej” offers the audience a chance to see a production solely created by Hmong Americans, to showcase the Hmong Traditional dances and arts. Furthermore, “Longing for Qeej” aims to put on a show with modern authentic Asian twists for the audience to see, while wowing them with handmade eye-candy costumes.
But the best of all, “Longing for Qeej” is performed by a group of dedicated young Hmong dancers. Busily putting in many hours to make the show run smoothly, IADT dancers are not your typical teenagers. A typical teenager would be busy over the weekend doing a combination of hanging out with their friends, or window shopping. IADT dancers juggle friends, homework, and studying on top of putting in weekend hours, which can be as long as 6 hours in one practice session, while having regular dance team practices throughout the week. Their dedication to learn and preserve Hmong traditional dances has shown clearly throughout their perfections on the Stage, and the busy parents support at the Backstage.
Hmong parents not only donate money to the show, make costume/head pieces, but also put in endless hours to promote the show through their own Clans. As one dancer See Xiong puts it, “By wearing beautiful costume, listening to traditional music, stepping into ancient footsteps, it gives me a sense of self-esteem, and cultural identity other arts may not offer, along with my parents’ support in preserving the Hmong cultural/arts traditions.”
A truly Hmong community production!
Please join us for this world-class dance drama at December 19. This event is made possible in part by a grant provided by the MN State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the MN State Legislature from the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of MN on November 4th, 2008. For more Iny Asian Dance Theater Performances information, please contact: [email protected], 612-376-7715. Please visit our website for more info – www.inyasiandancetheater.org.
Iny Asian Dance Theater (IADT) is a dance troupe famous for its explosive physical capabilities, beautiful costumes that utilize traditional fashion fused with contemporary fashion, and contemporary music from different Asian regions. IADT has a strong history winning many awards and certificates along the way, for example Snowflakes taking first place for the 10 and under Children division at the 2014 Hmong Dance Competition, Hmong Heroes taking second place as well as Ocean taking third place for 10+ Teenage division at the River Center Hmong New Year this past November.