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LNYF 2011:


Lunar New Year Festival - The Year of the Rabbit


We welcome our friends, families, and the Washington University and Saint Louis communities to the 15th Annual Lunar New Year Festival: Reflections. Since 1997, Washington University students have come together to produce and perform in the celebration of the Lunar New Year, bringing together the various traditions of China, Korea, Japan and more. For centuries, the Lunar New Year is a time for reflecting on the past year, honoring our family, and preparing for the promise of the upcoming year. This year’s show, “Reflections,” seeks to both share our unique culture and spark an internal reflection about how the traditional values of our ancestors influence in our modern lives We hope you enjoy the show and wish you many blessings in the Year of the Rabbit. Annie Cai and Anthony Pham 2011 Coordinators

Executive Board Coordinators

Annie Cai Anthony Pham Secretary

Frances Fei Treasurer

Sijia Li

VP of PR

Connie He PR Officer

Diane Ma Julie Zhou

Philanthropy Chair

Technical Director

Fundraising Chair

Sound Director

Artistic Director

Costume and Set Designer

VP of Performance

Lighting Director

Kathee Li

Rina Matsumoto Ji Eun Seo

Jessica Yeung

Choreography Director

Lily Louie

Ong Wei Jia Yao Liu

Felicia Chen

Scott Griffith

Representatives: Sarah Bekemeyer Kelly Moore

Philanthropy Initiative Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are virtuous, talented, and ambitious. It is in this spirit that Lunar New Year Festival has partnered with the International Institute of St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to refugee and immigrant resettlement here in St. Louis. The International Institute provides a variety of language, career, and social integrative services in order to promote immersion and diversity within our community. We hope to support the mission of the International Institute in the years to come. Help celebrate and support St. Louis’ unique culture by visiting our donation boxes by the theater entrance!

Lunar New Year Festival

LNYF 2011 Act 1

Lion Welcome Skit: Scene 1/2 Fusion Skit: Scene 1 Yo-Yo Skit: Scene 2 Korean Fan Skit: Scene 3 Ribbon Tibetan Skit: Scene 4 Senior Skit: Scene 5 IISTL Speech (Philanthropy)

Show Order Act 2

Samulnori Skit: Scene 6 Hula Yosakoi Soran (Japanese Dance) Skit: Scene 7 Juggling Skit: Scene 8 Chinese Fan Skit: Scene 9 Hip Hop Tinikling


Director: Jessica Yeung Writer: AJ Epel

Jake, an aspiring playboy, would like nothing more in life than to go clubbing and play video games with his best friends. But to win a bet, he must win over his bizarre but pure-hearted classmate Rachel - which means hiding his lifestyle from her! Will Jake be able to keep up the charade and date Rachel while surviving with his scheming friends? And what will he learn along the way about love, friendship, and what our actions reflect about us? Performers: Shuran Liang - Jake Stacey Luo - Rachel Phil Chen - Adam Se-in Kim - Claire Erin Woo - Michelle Kevin Zhou - Roy Annie Kwan – Lauren


Choreographers: Alan Huang Jeremy Lai Steven Sun

The earliest record of a Lion Dance dates back to the early Qin and Han Dynasties in the Third century B.C. The original Lion Dance was performed to ward off evil spirits and has since remained an auspicious tradition representing joy, happiness, and good luck. Lion Dances in its many forms and styles can be seen in celebrations and important events throughout the year such as the consecration of temples, business openings, weddings, and especially Lunar New Year festivals. The Lion Dance this year is performed in traditional Southern Chinese Lion Dance costumes articulating the Southern style’s strong movements and drumming while incorporating the Northern Chinese lifelike movements and the Taiwanese martial arts influence. Known as “Wushi” in China, “Shishi-mai” in Japan, and “Saja-nori” in Korea, the Lion Dance will bring good fortune to the WashU community for the new year! Performers: Alan Huang Michael Ngai Debra Yen

Steven Sun Jeremy Lai Tim Han Victor Xian Wendy Tsai

Drummer: David Yang


Choreographer: Jin Soo Park

Even though the earth that we live on has not changed its form, humans’ desire to be better off has caused us to forget things that should not be forgotten and to break rules that should not be broken. The world now has become more convenient and selfish, more refined and cold. This choreography is dedicated to all the people who are living this very moment. By expressing the love and peace that lies deep inside our heart through humans’ most natural method, dance, we get to reflect on ourselves and find the path to follow. Everyone, shout out to the world with a calm but strong voice, “World, Hold On”. Performers: Ashley Sham Felicia Chen Jeremy Yam Jin Soo Park Lily Louie Matt Choi Sarah Zhang Shuran Liang Taylor Tso


Choreographer: Jeffrey Chiou

The Chinese yo-yo is a traditional toy made of two disks connected by an axle. Performers spin it using two sticks connected by string. Originally made of bamboo, the traditional version of the Chinese yo-yo whistles when spun. The Chinese yo-yo was invented before the 12th century, and has a dedicated theater where each performance incorporates yo-yos. In the early 20th century, the Western take on the Chinese yo-yo, the diabolo, was created. Many variants of Chinese yo-yos and diabolos have been created, ranging from metal fire diabolos with kevlar string to one-sided yo-yos that spin like a top. Our performance showcases both the traditional Chinese yo-yo and diabolos. Performers: Jeffrey Chiou Lawrence Yen Logan Stafman Nelson Wu Phillip Chen Percy Fang

Korean Fan

Choreographers: Christine Byun Hyungmin Cho

Korean fan dance, also called Buchaechum, is one of the oldest Korean traditional dances that has continuously been performed for celebratory occasions due to its elegance and beauty. Traditionally, Korean dances put much emphasis on recreation and demonstration of images and feelings of the nature. This Buchaechum showcases synchronized, graceful movements of fans depicting images such as flowers, butterflies, and waves. Performers: Belina Yi Christine Byun Ezinwanne Emelue Hyungmin Cho Iris Eunji Rhee Jenny Jeong Ji Youn Maeng Jiyoon Choi

Judy Yoo Julie Park Seul Ah Kim Sophie Cheng Tara Alpert


Choreographer: Peter Lam

The Chinese Ribbon Dance is one of the most theatrical and traditional Chinese dances. This dance originated as a performance for royalty, but later developed into a folk dance that is performed during festivals and other celebrations. For this year’s Lunar New Year Festival, we hope to bring to life the elegance of this historic dance and apply a modern twist that will have you peering back at history through various angles and lenses. Performers: Charlotte Weinstein Christine Lang Diane Ma Jasmine Berg Jessica Yeung Mei Li Sarah Sayavong Sarah Zhang


Choreographer: Debra Yen

Tibetan culture is incredibly vibrant with life. Its bestowed name of “Song and Dance World” is particularly apt; Tibetan herdsmen and shepherdesses joyfully express their nomadic life styles in song and dance among snow-covered highlands. For Tibetan dance this year, we are performing a famous piece called “唐古拉風” or “Wind of the Tanggula Mountains.” To rhythmic beats and lively chanting, our nimble dance steps and graceful movements draw from and reflect the daily lives of Tibetan herdswomen as they gallop across the Tanggula Mountains. Our dancers will demonstrate, in this energetic and jubilant number, a precious facet of Tibetan folk dance to the WU community. Performers: Anna Han Ashley Huishan Zhang Debra Yen Felicia Chen Huishan Zhang Kaidi Wang Margaret Chao Tonya An Varsha Mangal

Senior Dance

Choreographers: Lily Louie Linda Zhang Jerry Yu

LNYF 2011 Seniors Alan Huang Alice Gu Amber Edwards Annie Cai Anthony Pham Ashley Sham Austin Sim Diane Ma Emily Chen Eric Kim Felicia Chen Hao Yang

Hyojin Choi Jasmine Berg Jeremy Lai Jerry Yu Jessica Jeng Jessica Yeung Jon Deng Joy Wang Lily Louie Linda Zhang Lucy Shen Matthew Kwong

Peter Lam PJ Amini Reade Alexander Sarah Sayavong Sijie Dai Steve Zheng Steven Sun Tonya An Theja Lanka Tiffany Liu Wenny Dong

Samulnori Choreographer: Min-Kyu Kim

Samulnori, literally meaning ‘playing four instruments,’ consists of the ‘kkwenggari’, ‘buk’, jang-gu, and jing. Played and enjoyed by Korean commoners, Samulnori captivated its audience. Koreans were able to escape the harsh reality that was present in their lives and experience freedom by playing Samulnori. With this year’s expanded group, we hope to maximize the impact of harmony created by Samulnori. Before you realize it, you will be in awe of the music you hear. Performers: Dana Lee Dansem Jeon Eunjin Kim Hanjoo Lee Hyang ggi Cho Iris Eunji Rhee Jawon Kim Jihee Kim

Jiyoon Choi Jonguk Lim Joon Ho Moon Judy Yoo Jun Taek Lim Min-Kyu Kim Sanghyun Bae Se Eun Jeon Seong Ho Phang

Seul Ah Kim Seungyoon Jung So Eun Park Suji Kim Sungshik Joo Yong Sang Seo Youbin Lim


Choreographer: Kristelle Aisaka

In the absence of written language, traditional hula, or hula kahiko, was a dance performed to chanting used to pass down ancient Hawaiian stories. Over time, Hawaiians have had to balance the preservation of old tradition with the influx of new influences into Hawai’i by incorporating aspects of both contemporary music and oral history into their dancing. As a result, the modern version of hula, hula ‘auana, represents the impact of Western culture on both the music and costumes of traditional hula. This hula ‘auana illustrates both the ancient beauty of Hawaii, from beautiful birds and flowers to the sacred cliffs of the islands, and the unity of the Hawaiian people despite a constantly changing cultural landscape. Performers: Amy Zajac Kristelle Aisaka Lauren Miyata Lily Cheng

Rachel Luangdilok Sara Dusenberry Sophie Goloff Xiaomeng Li

Yosakoi Soran

Choreographers: Rina Matsumoto Damon Watford

Yosakoi Soran (よさこいソーラン) incorporates two authentic styles of Japanese dance: Soran Bushi and Yosakoi. Soran Bushi is a famous, traditional fisherman’s dance and Yosakoi is a loose style incorporating modern renditions of traditional summer songs and dances. Both are performed at school celebrations and city festivals and serve to foster a cultural revitalization among young adults. Watch as our dance reveals the spirit, energy, and aesthetics prized by Japanese culture! Performers: Alice Meng Damon Watford David Yang Eugene Kwon Jessica Chen Ji Eun Seo Karen Mok

Kathee Li Lynn Yoon Miki Maruyama Rina Matsumoto Ruding Tang Shana Snarrenberg Shelby Strong

Shuyi Shang Sijie Dai Tiffany Kang Tiffany Lin Vera Xiao Zack Enloe

Juggling Choreographers: Jeremy Perkins Jeremy Fein

This juggling act is unlike anything you have seen before. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! With creative and graceful movements and staggeringly technical patterns with up to 22 objects in the air, these jugglers will not disappoint. Watch as they weave traditional juggling tricks and originally composed material into a smooth and beautiful presentation of lightning-flavored sorbet for your mind. Don’t blink, or you might miss one of the greatest moments of your life. If you do like what you see, don’t fret when it’s over. These jugglers have been invited to compete on America’s Got Talent, so you may just see us sooner than you think! Performers: Chris Fairall Daniel Weisz Danny Rose Jeremy Fein Jeremy Perkins Jim Hendrix Max Wasserman

Chinese Fan

Choreographer: Jessica Jeng

The Chinese fan dance is a classical Chinese dance that began as a ceremonial ritual about 2,000 years ago during the Han dynasty. Over the years, many different adaptations of the fan dance have developed. This year’s Chinese fan dance is set to the traditional Chinese song entitled “Moonlight over the Lotus Pond.” Dancers gracefully manipulate long silk fans to mimic lotus flowers and lily pads floating on the water. This fan dance combines elements of classical and modern movement with traditional music, reflecting on the original fan dance themes of skill, beauty, and tradition. Performers: Amanda Jeng Ashley Huishan Zhang Charlotte Weinstein Christine Lang Jessica Jeng Joyce Fung

Sarah Sayavong Sophie Cheng Tracy Wang Vera Xiao Xiaomeng Li Yuqi Wang

Hip Hop Choreographers: Lily Louie Jerry Yu

This year’s Hip Hop dance will showcase choreography that blends precise and sharp movements and smooth and upbeat grooves. The former really emphasizes that the group be as synchronized and clean as possible and the latter lets the dancers let loose and move freely to the music; these differing segments will be intertwined with each other throughout the choreography, making for a very dynamic 4 minutes. We want our show to reflect the journey through life. No matter how much the music changes you have to keep going. We hope that the audience has fun watching, because we are definitely having fun performing. Performers: Alice Gu Anna Han Hyojin Choi Jerry Yu Kristelle Aisaka Lily Louie Linda Zhang Ryan Lee Tim Han

Tinikling Choreographers: Eric Teng Diana Zhu

Tinikling is a traditional dance that originated in the Philippines, and is also known as the “bamboo dance”. Tinikling involves two people hitting bamboo poles, using them to beat, tap, and slide on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. Dancers imitate the tikling bird’s grace and speed as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Performers: Amy Lam Caroline Wong Chris Hohl Connie Zheng Diana Zhu Donny Yang Eric Teng Gary Ye

JunQi Zhai Kathee Li Kevin Zhou Lucy Wang Mary Yang Vicky Wang Victor Lin Wesley Chan

Special Thank You To... Edison Theater Operations Manager

Student Union

Bill Larson

Congress of the South Forty

Edison Theater Technical Directors


Michael Hensley, Jason Irons


Lunar New Year Festival Advisor

Washington University Residential Life

Naomi Daradar Sigg

All-Ivy Club of St. Louis

International Institute Speakers

Visitation Academy

Sarah Bekemeyer, Kelly Moore AMC/LNYF Fireworks Committee

Alec Zhu, David Yang, Dana Lee, Julie Zhou, Kathee Li Washington University Event Services

Barbara Tennant Bon AppĂŠtit

Jill Duncan DUC Event Management

Kendrick Durham, Eileen Noonan

. . .and to our wonderful

Stage Crew & Ushers!

2011 LNYF

This program is designed by Ji Eun Seo, Artistic Director of LNYF 2011

LNYF Program  

program printed for the Lunar New Year Festival 2011 at Washington University in St. Louis

LNYF Program  

program printed for the Lunar New Year Festival 2011 at Washington University in St. Louis