Sammi Lim for The Dance Enthusiast: I couldn’t help noticing that children are included among the performers. Why the multi-generational cast?
Dian Dong, Education Director of Chen Dancer Center: Having four generations of performers in the production brings more perspective to the struggles of the Chinese in the American south. The children play children, the dancers carry the story through rigorous movement, two senior artists play the roles of a mother and father, and at the end, we have walk-ons (small, nonspeaking parts) by WWII veterans, elders, civic leaders, and community leaders. It’s very moving to be working all together and to tell the story through authenticity and innovation.
Read the full interview on The Dance Enthusiast.