Asian American Dance Theatre

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History

The Asian American Dance Theatre (AADT) began as the Asian American Dance Workshop, a program of the Basement Workshop in New York's Chinatown. As founders of the Basement Workshop, Eleanor Yung and brother Danny Yung began a separate organization in 1974, the AADT, to create and promote Asian American dance. AADT was active from 1974-1990 with multiple types of programming including performances, presentations, and education. In 1987, with an increase in significant visual arts programming, the AADT changed its legal name to the Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC), encompassing dance, visual arts, and folk arts programming in performances, exhibitions, research and education.

AADT was notable for its two distinct repertoires: a traditional repertoire and a contemporary repertoire. The traditional repertoire celebrated and addressed the cultural roots of Asians in America, featuring diverse folk and classical dances of many countries of Asia, touring extensively across the country....


Eleanor Yung

The contemporary repertoire consisted of works by Artistic Director Eleanor Yung presented in its Annual New York Season, which also featured invited guest Asian American choreographers....


D'Asia Vu

The D'Asia Vu Performance Series 1986-90 was the accumulated result of the Dance Discussions held by AADT dancers to voice their concerns related to the field of dance in the U.S. The D'Asia Vu Series presented Asian and non-Asian artists in Asian or fusion dance, theater, and music performances....


Arts-in-Education

The Arts-in-Education program expanded from local presentations in community schools, libraries and community centers, to lecture-performances, Pointed Brush Workshops, and the Intensive Indian and Chinese Dance Workshops offered citywide....


Community School

AADT Community School offerings began with dance for children, extended to adult classes in dance and exercise, and expanded to visual arts for children, and Chinese painting and seal carvings for adults....


Special Performances

After the Tiananmen Square Massacre, AADT initiated and presented a 10-hour performance marathon at the Triplex Theater in the Borough of Manhattan Community College in protest of the student massacre on June 4, 1989 in China. The Memorial performance included many well known New York artists such as Hikari Baba, Fred Houn, and the Susan Marshall Company to name a few. The main feature in the evening was Zuni Icosahedron of Hong

Kong, a company of 12 who flew to NYC to perform China is a Big Garden choreographed and directed by Danny Yung. A new performance was also held the following year, outdoors in Chinatown, commemorating this event, with choreography by company manager/choreographer Marie Alonzo.