Chinese New Year Celebration: Spring Festival

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Fong Chung-Ray in his studio.

Fong Chung-ray in his studio.

San Francisco, CA – The Chinese Culture Center will celebrate Chinese New Year with a Spring Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 11:00am-3:00pm and is free.  The Center is located at 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  This year’s Spring Festival’s theme is “Old School/New School” and will feature performances from Starr King Elementary School and Pacific Wushu; dance from China Dance Theatre, Jeremy Christopher Lin, and Shan Yee Pool Ballet; traditional Chinese lion dance by Yau Kung Moon; art activities featuring calligraphy from Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari of SanFranStudios and Golden Mountain Calligraphy Society.

 

The Festival will also celebrate the opening of the first solo art exhibition in the United States of modern Chinese abstract art pioneer Fong Chung-ray.  Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray will focus on the artist’s mature work, which incorporates styles over the course of his career – calligraphy, splashes of acrylic, and found materials such as sheets of plastic.  After a long career in Taiwan, the US and worldwide, Bay Area based and 1971 Rockefeller Foundation recipient Fong continues to make new work. In presenting innovative artists, the exhibition at the Chinese Culture Center will be his first solo show in a US institution. The exhibit will run February 15-May 31, 2014 at the Chinese Culture Center.

 

The Spring Festival is an annual event, and the largest indoor Chinese New Year celebration in the United States.  With over six million visitors a year, San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese community outside of Asia, the oldest Chinatown in North America and a major catalyst for social, economic, artistic and cultural changes in America for more than 150 years.  The Festival will personify the history of Chinatown and the ongoing Chinese-American experience of combining tradition and innovation with history and modernity.  The Festival aims to foster a greater understanding of China in America and convey the optimism and forward-looking perspective of the neighborhood, its inhabitants, and the diaspora of its descendants.

 
FEATURED PERFORMERS
Yau Kung Moon 
Yau Kung Moon is now considered one on the best martial arts, lion dance, and dragon dance organizations in the world with over several thousand members and they are 7-time undefeated National Lion Dance Champions.
 
China Dance Theatre 
Based in San Francisco, China Dance Theatre showcases traditional and modern dances from various ethnic groups in China and is dedicated to the education, study, and performance of the art of Chinese dance.
 
Pacific Wushu 
Pacific Wushu offers hands-on, in-depth instruction in modern Chinese martial arts. World-class instructors Phillip Wong and Zhang Hong Mei will give individual performances as well as an ensemble performance.  Starr King Elementary School’s Mandarin immersion program will join Pacific Wushu in performance.
 
Shan Yee Poon Ballet
For more than 25 years, Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School, headed by Artistic Director Shan-Yee Poon, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, London, has been proudly providing the San Francisco Bay Area with outstanding dance instruction. Shan Yee Poon Ballet actually teaches a variety of different dances ranging including classical western ballet, Chinese traditional dance, hip-hop, and jazz.  2013 Miss America runner-up Crystal Lee studied at the school.
 
Master Debbie Au 
Au will lead a small group of Taiji performers in tai chi and meditative dance.
 
Jerry Christopher Lee 
A modern dancer from the Bay Area, Lee mixes traditional and modern dance in informative and challenging ways.
 
Artist Activities
Justin Hoover and Chris Treggiari of SanFranStudios will work with Golden Mountain Calligraphy Society using light tables and video projection to make live video images of the calligraphy so it seems to write itself without any human intervention.
 
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: SPRING FESTIVAL
“OLD SCHOOL/NEW SCHOOL”
Saturday, February 15, 2014
11:00am-3:00pm, Free
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny St, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
For more information, http://www.c-c-c.org/, 415-986-1822.

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