Kita Dance Company

Community Projects

Touring

KITA’s popular program "Martial Funk" has been on tour in regional Victoria through a March 2010 partnership with Regional Arts Victoria art2Go program. Yasushi Assai and Sabrina Chou performed for 2061 students, 17 schools 15 performances.

From Kung Fu and Tai Chi to Tae Kwon Dance and an unbelievable Hip-Hop Funk, KITA’s highly skilled dancers present a window into the performing arts of China, Korea, Japan and Indonesia presented to the fresh sound of the latest Asian music. Martial Funk is a cool, powerful, upbeat and authentic martial arts and dance experience - with audience interaction encouraged.

Martial Funk: Charlton Primary School   Martial Funk: Charlton Primary School   Martial Funk: Charlton Primary School

KITA has toured with art2Go program as;
“Celebrations” 2006
“Myth & Monster” 2005
“Journey Through Asia” 2004

For more on teachers’ note, go to School shows.

Recent Special Events

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2010 &  Castlemaine State Arts Festival 2011
Opening Ceremony of the Castlemaine State Arts Festival 2011
Dances of Asia, Moomba Main stage, March 2008
Walk for Harmony, Brimbank Park, March 2008
Chinese New Year performances, Southbank and Parkmore Shopping Centre, February 2008
Immigration Museum, Chinese Childrens Festival, January 2008
ICARN International Fiesta, Surrey Hills, November 2007
Brimbank Festival, November 2007
Colac Performing Arts Centre School holiday program - 'Music, dance, martial arts and craft of Asia', October 2007
Colac Perfoming Arts Centre Vibrant Soul festival- Bollywood performance and workshops, October 2007

Lagoon'Lagoon'Lagoon'Lagoon

Directed and Choreographed by Seung Hi Lee
Performed by Yong Ying Woo, Lindesay Dresdon & Wei Wei Zhang.
Installation by Kyung Ryung Yuon
Lighting Design and Operation by Stephen Henderson
Music by POD, Rina Resonance, Julian Langdon

Four elements based on Buddhist concept of "relinking consciousness" have been focused on  during our rehearsals consisting of a combination of sensations, perceptions, volitional activities and consciousness which come from the mind.

The mind is one of six senses in Buddhism this combined with the sense of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch function to set the structure and motion bringing to each of us a memory of past, existence of present and emerging with a metaphysical future.

Photography by Belinda

 

school participants drawingTales of the Moon

See our performance on YouTube: Part 1 Part 2

Tales of the Moon performance celebrating the Autumn Harvest Moon Festival
September 22, 2007 at the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo
Presented by Kita Performing Arts Company and the Golden Dragon Museum

Local groups from the Bendigo area came together to celebrate the ‘Autumn Harvest Moon Festival’, as that week, the moon was at its roundest and brightest for the year. This community performance featured traditional and contemporary performing arts of Asia based on themes of Moon and Harvest,with music, dance, drama and martial arts from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India and Vietnam and some fireworks. ‘Tales of the Moon’ performances recognised and celebrated the lively local performing arts culture, including residents from many different backgrounds and the Chinese heritage of Bendigo and district.
This project was funded by Arts Victoria, through an Arts Residencies Grant, Regional Arts Victoria through a Regional Arts Fund and the City of Greater Bendigo.

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'Autumn Harvest Moon' Festival celebrations at Artplay

Kita Performing Arts Company with Trinity Primary School, Richmond presented
Stories of the Autumn Harvest Moon
Sunday October 7, Artplay outdoor space, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

This family event presented cultural celebrations of the Autumn Harvest Moon Festival from Vietnam and China by children from Trinity Primary School, Richmond. The performance included live music, dance and drama based around stories of the Harvest Moon shared by Vietnamese and Chinese elders and Kita performers.
This project was supported by City of Melbourne and Mary of the Cross Centre, Fitzroy

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And also

Chinese Museum, 'Dragon Boat Festival'
Rosanna Library School holiday activity performance- workshop
Asian dance workshop for Jan Pianta school Bairnsdale
'Expanding Cultures: Arts and Local Government' conference, Bollywood workshop
Geelong Performing Arts Centre - choreographic development workshops with local performing groups
Chinese Museum 'Dancing Dragon' Festival performances
Spring Festival Bendigo, Hargraves Mall
Artplay at Moomba Festival, March 2007
Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association Conference, March 2007
Plan International Family Day, CERES Park, East Brunswick, March 2006
Brimbank Festival and Brimbank Celebrates the Commonwealth Games, March and November 2006

 

Our recent schools' shows, workshops and residencies have included:

Wayan puppet workshops, Yarra Plenty Library Watsonia
Foster Primary, 'Indonesian Celebrations' performance and workshops
Ormond Primary School
St Bede's Mentone, Indonesian martial arts workshops
Fintona School, Indonesian workshops and performanceCanterbury Primary
Dromana Secondary College
Brentwood Park Primary
Pakenham Consolidated School
Victorian tour with Regional Arts Victoria's Arts2GO program
Elwood Primary School
Milgate Primary School
Greenvale Primary School
Wonthaggi Secondary College
Haileybury College
Watsonia Library
Balwyn North Primary School
Ivanhoe Girls Grammar
St Josephs School, Springvale
Weeden Heights Primary School, Vermont South
Haileybury College drama camp
Aquinas College, Ringwood
Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School
Saltwater Child Care Centre, Footscray
Balwyn Primary School
Sunshine West Primary School
Hampton Park Primary School
Mercy College, Coburg
Rangebank Primary, Cranbourne
Lalor East PS
Robert McCubbin Primary, Box Hill
Portarlington Primary School
Leongatha Primary School
The University of Melbourne drama students
Sunshine North Primary
Ivanhoe Grammar
Great Ryrie Primary School
Chelsea Primary School
Geelong Grammar - Glamorgan Campus
Hampton Park Primary School

Community Development Projects

KITA collaborates with community groups to produce creative development projects in Victoria to support community groups’ capacity and inspire them to explore their prospective and activities through diverse range of artistic and cultural experience.

2009 Harvest Moon Festival "Many Moons ago"

The Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo successfully presented the 2009 Harvest Moon Festival with five new community groups, four schools in addition to past participants to workshop dramatized moon tale stories from China, korea, Japan, Indonesia as well as one from Africa. The performance was facilitated by professional artists and director Seung Hi Lee. Highlight of this festival was the impact created by a Korean community group in Bendigo with Korean families.

2008 Harvest Moon Festival “ Shadows of the Moon”

Presented by the Golden Dragon Museum directed by Seung Hi Lee who worked with nine community groups and two local primary schools to feature music, dance, drama and martial arts from China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.  Indonesian Gamelan local group Mugi Rahayu collaborated with Eppalock Primary school Indonesian Shadow Puppet Theatre created with Artist Aaron Hall to provide the festival highlight.

Professional Development

The Eureka Festival, Ballarat. Celebrate Freedom and diversity   Sunday 7 December.

The Eureka Sunday Celebrations are presented by the City of Ballarat and the
Ballarat African Association, with event management of Eureka Family Fun by
Pilkinton Productions.

Seung Hi mentored the local Philippine dance group in a diverse way to expand their traditional dance routines which could be adapted  to meet  artistic criterion with a modern twist while sharing their Filipino cultural dance with an Australian audience.  www.ballarat.vic.gov.au

Workshop; Korean Wish Lotus Lantern

Bendigo Community Day was the Anniversary to mark Black Saturday, Bendigo on Sunday 7 February 2010 , organised by  Greater City of Bendigo Council.

Seung Hi conducted a workshop at Rosiland Park, Bendigo to invite people who attended, to make a lotus wish lantern with care and thoughtful prayers for Bendigo bushfire victims in 2009.  This meant families could enjoy making the colourful lanterns together, and they could light them at night time on the trees / streets with our hearts united, becoming as one.

Diversity Week, March 2010

Organised by Greater City of Bendigo Council
Quarry Hill Primary School and community groups had a taste of  making Korean wish lotus lantern during the diversity week with Seung Hi Lee. Quarry Hill Primary School hung their lanterns at school  to celebrate  their multicultural day as well.

Diversity Week

Dance Project

2010 Next Wave Festival No Risk Too Great 12-16 May, Arts House Meat Market

NEXT WAVE is a biennial festival and artist development organisation, presenting genre-busting new works by the next wave of Australian artists.
“Private Dances” Concept/Curator by Natalie Cursio  
Hee Eun Jeong performed solo Korean Traditional dance ‘Tae Pyung Mu”.

Growth - moving on 

2010 Fri 9-Sat 10 Apr, 7.30-8pm ,Conservatory, Rosalind Park
Artists;
Arts Coordinator: John Willis
Dance Choreography : Seung Hi Lee
Multimedia: Michael Harkin
Visual Arts: Joan Harris and Vanessa Johnstone
Sound: Justin Bull

Moving images will be projected over the entire length of the conservatory in Rosalind Park while dancers create movement and shadow as part of a performance project presented by CreateAbility.

Two nights of performance will be the culmination of arts workshops that have involved a group of artists working with people of all abilities. The art forms have included visual art, digital video and dance. The result is an experience where the audience will be immersed in sensations of image, movement and sound. The theme linking these art forms is the idea of growth.

This project has been made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Fund, The City of Greater Bendigo (Art in the Conservatory Program), The Department of Human Services and in partnership with Golden City Support Services and Catholic College Bendigo.

2009 Dance Massive Australian Contemporary Dance

Dance Massive, a contemporary dance event spanning 12 days across three venues, commences in Melbourne on March 2009 for the very first time.
Arts House, Malthouse Theatre and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria and with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts have joined forces to present this premiere Dance Massive event. Dance Massive will showcase a mix of full length and shorter works, from some of Australia's leading dance companies and emerging artists.

Sabrina Chou and Ruby kao worked with contemporary dance choreographer Alistair MacIndoe from Chunky Move performing at the Meat Market. They performed in180 Seconds in (Disco) Heaven or Hell, part of the Dance Massive program presented by Arts House.

Dance Massive  Dance Massive   Dance Massive

180 Seconds of Disco. Photography by Belinda Strodder

2008 Next Wave Festival, Closer Together

Sweet Region, Dance Friday May 23 at BlackBox, Arts Centre

Sweet Region brings together five groups of dancers, choreographers and artists from across Regional Victoria to create five new, dance-based works for a special one-night performance at the Arts Centre’s Black Box.

Under the mentorship of Creative Producer Natalie Cursio, each group has responded to Next Wave’s Festival theme to create an engaging new work, which speaks to their situation as both artists living and working in Regional communities, and emerging innovators in the field of dance. The resulting works include a series of innovative collaborations which fuse dance with film, animation and sound composition. Hailing from Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura and Warrnambool, the artists’ influences, practices and movement styles are diverse, carving out their own sense of people and place.

Seung Hi Lee and Megan Beckwith choreographed and performed to collaborated  multimedia animation dance project “Closer”. This project premiered at Old Fire Station, Bendigo Performing Arts Centre in December 2008 funded by Greater City of Bendigo Council.

Exhale dance/drawing exhibition, Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University, Bendigo, 2008

Choreographing and performed by Seung Hi Lee, Artist Paul Norman and Video artist Tim in collaboration dance /drawing project created for six month to exhibited Norman’s drawing and his printing and the dance movement video projection. 

Exhale   Exhale

Inhale dance performance, Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space, Bendigo October 2007

Seung Hi Lee created and performed the contemporary dance piece worked with various aged performers 18 to 60 years old from different backgrounds. She was focus on the connection on cultural, emotional, Physical and personal energy circulating in the process to blend them into dance. This work funded by Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space.

Seoul to Kyoto, Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space, Bendigo  September 2006

Choreographer Seung Hi Lee and  traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument koto (琴 or 箏) musician Miyama McQueen-Tokita’ s dance and live music collaboration involving traditional and contemporary music and dance from Korea and Japan. 

Koto


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