Image Descriptions: 1. KAMBARA+, photo by RJ Muna. A male dancer dressed in a black suit jumps in mid-air above a collection of black, gray, and white patterned umbrellas that encircle him on the ground. 2. dNaga, photo by Matt Haber. Claudine Naganuma stands stage right, while on one leg wearing a black dress and black veiled mask. Her body is wrapped in bright red fabric that stretches across and off the stage. 3. Danny Nguyen and dancers. Photo by Tommy Wu.

Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase

APICC is proud to present Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase at GENERATIONS OF POWER, an outdoor showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza on May 14th, in celebration of 25 years of the United States of Asian America Festival.

Each choreographer offers the act of profound transformation of trauma and healing through dance. Yayoi Kambara explores the generational impact of the Executive Order 9066 and the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. She will also be offering a group piece performed by the talented dancers from School of the Art. Danny Nguyen addresses the impact of COVID-19 in Vietnam, and Claudine Naganuma shares work as a healing balm in the wake of Asian Hate. This choreographic celebration is to honor Asian American Dance Performances. Founded in 1974 in San Francisco and previously named the Asian American Dance Collective, it was the first organization in the country created to support Asian American dancers and choreographers in America. Its mission is to support the diverse cultural heritages through dance. Naganuma served as the Artistic Director for 12 years and it has been 20 years since she curated her last AADP showcase.


Yayoi Kambara Choreographer/Artistic Director of KAMBARA+ 

Claudine Naganuma Choreographer/Artistic Director of dNaga Dance Company

Danny Nguyen Choreographer/Artistic Director of Nguyen Dance Company

Chingchi Yu Soloist (@chingchi_yu)


Curated by Claudine Naganuma, the Asian American Dance Performances showcase sets out to support the diverse cultural heritages of Asian Americans in dance. We proudly present the movers and shakers who have developed their craft and celebrate the arts educators who help sustain the future of the dance field. 


This program is part of a larger showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza


12:00-12:15 Opening Introductions & Announcements
12:15-1:00PM Sugilanon by Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
1:00-1:50PM Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase curated by Claudine Naganuma
1:50-2:40PM “Seh Kui: Community is In the Heart” by The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet
2:40-2:55PM Return of the Sun by First Voice
2:55-3:20PM Youth Rising by Leela Youth Dance Company
After this, please join us in crossing the street (Post St) to Buchanan Mall for the next performance:
3:30-4:00PM groundwater/chikasui 地下水 by tashi tamate weiss (Across Post St at Buchanan Mall)

Attendance is free and open to the public. Let us know you're going:

May 14, 2022 at 12:00pm - 4pm
Japantown Peace Plaza
1610 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States
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Accessibility & Consent

 The Japantown Peace Plaza is wheelchair accessible.
 ASL interpretation will be available for the duration of the event.

In an effort to raise awareness about the ongoing pandemic, onsite COVID-19 testing will be available to those who choose to avail of it. Kindly stay home if you are feeling unwell or if you have had possible COVID-19 exposure. Vaccines, face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Let's continue to keep each other safe.

If you require any special accommodations or assistance, please let us know by filling out the accommodation question when you register or email us at [email protected].

This event will be photographed and video recorded for archival and promotional purposes. By attending this event, you consent to the potential of your image being shared publicly through APICC's channels.