Chen Dance Center

South of Gold Mountain

Previous: Song of the Stone

Premiered

2015 - New York City

Choreographer

H.T. Chen & Dian Dong

Composer

James Lo

Additional Credits:

Costumes: Caprice Esser
Lighting: Joe Doran
Music: Jew family recordings, Michael Wall, Son House, Jack Hsu, Lady Smith Black Mambazo
Set: Eric Harriz

Company Dancers:

Gary Champi, Stephanie Chun, Lisa Chow, Renouard Gee, Joanie Johnson, Sean Nederlof, Ari Someya, Keyashsa Williams-Bailey with Kelly Butterworth, Maki Shinagawa, Ezra Goh, Torrey McAnena, Mary Balzer, Hannah Goldstone, Janina Clark and Charlotte Hamm, Alexander Leung, Ava Luan, Nicola Hsu, Zoe Chun

Notes:

South of Gold Mountain is an interpretation based on the images and oral histories of the Chinese that settled in the southern states prior to WWII. Early Chinese settlers refer to the United States as “Gold Mountain”, a term deriving from the Gold Rush era. Lesser known were the Chinese who came to the southern states to work on plantations, widen the Augusta Canal or build the railroads. Starting from the diaspora that led the Chinese to the South, this piece is a collective journey of these individuals. Through the power of faith, tradition, work ethic, as well as the bonds to other Chinese families in the South, these individuals experienced, endured and overcame their hardships.

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