May is national Asian Heritage Month! Lan Su celebrates with exciting performances each weekend in May from local dance troupes and cultural organizations. Performances take place every Saturday and Sunday in May on the terrace at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Full Performance Schedule:
Born and raised in the birthplace of Sichuan Opera—Chengdu, China, Yu Long is recognized as a national “Class II” top artist as well as the only female inheritor of face-changing in a national level by Chinese authorities. A graduate of the Sichuan Opera School, Long devoted the past 30 years of her life in performing, researching, and preserving face-changing, a dying art in traditional Chinese Sichuan Opera. With her breathtaking skills and graceful presentation, Long has been invited to visit France, Italy, Turkey, the US, the UK, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea more than 10 countries for performances and was highly praised and loved by national officials and audiences. Yu Long is the founder of America Long Yu Chinese Traditional Opera Face Changing Academy and currently the vice president of Seattle Artist Association.
The Cambodian Dance Troupe of Oregon teaches & performs classical and folk dances that originate from the beautiful kingdom of Cambodia. All ages are welcome!
The Chinese Friendship Association of Portland (CFAP) is a non-profit and community-based organization dedicated to serving the interests and needs of the large Chinese community in the Portland metro area to enrich their personal and professional lives.
The Haiyan International Dance Academy was founded by Haiyan Wu. Wu has previously danced as a principal dancer with several other prestigious ballet companies. The academy’s eminent dance instructors are all current or past principle dancers, and are passionate about the education of the dance art form. The academy is committed to provide high quality dance training to students at all levels.
Haiyan Wu was born in Beijing, China. Wu graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy with honors in ballet. She performed in Paris with the Le Jeune Ballet De France as a guest artist while studying ballet and after her graduation she joined the National Ballet of China where she performed many leading roles.
Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon (IPAO) is comprised of members of the Indonesian community, and other interested people, who come together to celebrate the Indonesian culture through performing arts. Their amazing movements combined with their brilliantly-colored elaborate costumes have entertained Oregonians in locations such as the Oregon Coast to the capitol city of Salem, as well as their surrounding communities.
Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani (The Cherished Ones of the Yellow Rose) is a hula halau (hula school) located in Aloha/Beaverton Oregon. Their purpose is to perpetuate and educate the community of the Hawaiian culture through song, dance, and language. In 2015 they celebrate their 6 year anniversary together and are so proud of what they've accomplished thus far! Ka LeiHali'a O Ka Lokelani is an affiliate of 'O.H.A.N.A. Foundation; non-profit organization encouraging and promoting education in Oregon and Hawai'i, and is an active member in the pursuit of continuing the mission of this organization. Every year Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani partners with 'O.H.A.N.A. Foundation for their annual hula exhibition, Mahalo lu'au, Malama ka 'Ohana, Health Fair and much more. Proceeds from these events help fund numerous educational scholarships and cultural workshops.
The Kalabharathi School of Dance is committed to promote and present Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance form, through instructional classes and professional performances. The school has a multicultural approach to their presentations, so that audiences of all backgrounds may experience and enjoy this rich classical dance form.
Join Obukan Kendo Club for a display of Kendo, the art of Japanese fencing. "Ken" or tsurugi is from the character meaning sword. The character for "Do" or michi includes the meaning way or path which translates as "The way of the sword." Kendo is the art of Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship.
One With Heart is a martial arts school dedicated to improving people’s lives through teaching martial arts and self-defense. Janesa Kruse is a passionate, creative martial artist who started this school in 1981. Through martial arts, students learn perseverance, practice, patience, and purity. Janesa and One With Heart students will demonstrate Pukulan Kuntao Silat, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Escrima.
Pukulan Kuntao Silat is a beautifully expressive and effective Indonesian art. The sets and forms build internal energy, or “Ilmu”, to be used for healing and fighting. When you watch Pukulan practioners, you will feel the beauty and strength of this living art shaping and re-shaping through the four animal forms of monkey, tiger, crane, and snake.
Shaolin Kung Fu came from the martial art form developed by monks of the Shaolin Buddhist Temple in the Hunan province of Northern China. The geography of the North influenced the “long fist styles” with their fully extended striking, long, deep stances, and dynamic kicking techniques.
Escrima is one of a family of Filipino fighting styles emphasizing stick and knife-fighting techniques.
Oregon Koto-Kai was founded by Tokyo-born Koto Master Mitsuki Dazai. Under Dazai-sensei’s tutelage, each Oregon Koto-Kai player has learned the time-honored traditions of Koto performance in addition to the most advanced contemporary techniques. Drawing upon a vast repertoire, from solo pieces and duets to works for Koto ensemble, the group has played this 7th century instrument for audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2012.
Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe is the vision of Tasi Tuaopepe Keener, a Samoan dancer born and raised in the Independent State of Samoa. Ms. Keener moved to Oregon in 1999 and became active with the small Samoan community in and around Salem, Oregon. With her training in the Samoan arts and dance, Tasi began working with the Samoan Club of the Willamette Valley as the choreographer of Samoan dance and entertainment, and developed several community events and activities in order to illustrate the Samoan Culture. All costuming is original and handmade.
The Portland Chinese Dance Troupe (PCDT) was established in 2002 and has provided summer dance workshops every year lead by Artistic Director Julie Ding. PCDT is considered a recreational dance troupe and is dedicated to performing authentic Chinese cultural dances. PCDT has performed hundreds of times throughout the Portland metropolitan area for over the past ten years.
Takohachi was founded as a non-profit organization in 2007, and performing hundreds of shows since. Takohachi's repertoires are not only limited to Japanese Taiko Drums, but also using dancing, singing, Bamboo flutes, Tsugaru Shamisen and more!
The Thai Association of Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of Thai Culture through education,public service and cultural performances. Since its inception in 1996, the organization has been best known for its signature performances of Thai classical dance at various charity events, retirement centers and festivals.
The Ukeladies are a lighthearted lady troupe of Portland troubadours putting a modern sing-along spin on classics, originals and celebrating the uplifting sound of the ukulele together since 2011. Featuring half a dozen ukuleles, a washboard percussionist, trashcan bassist and a host of lovely voices.
Asian Heritage Month receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support provided by the Collins Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Jackson Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation and US Bank Foundation.
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