Brenton Cheng with Mihyun Lee

Brenton Cheng with Mihyun Lee

World Premiere

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 6:00pm - ASL
Experimenter: 20-45 minutes 
ODC Dance Commons, Argyle Studio


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A Story of Tides is an improvised duet between Brenton Cheng and Mihyun Lee about the forces around us, the choices we make, and the responsibilities we carry. Two people meet in a broken land. Their trajectories are deflected by what’s around them, by each other, by gravity, sound, and their own impulses. Each movement determines the next. In the cycles of coming and going, appearing and disappearing, what stays the same? What cannot be undone?

In creating the piece, Brenton and Mihyun were interested in exploring how to imbue the raw freshness of improvisation with the sense of distillation, memory, and structure that choreography provides and how to tell a story if the story’s events themselves, like memories, are subject to change or rearrangement.


About the artist

Brenton Cheng is a movement explorer who has performed with many internationally-acclaimed and local heroes such as Contraband, Zaccho, Kim Epifano, Jo Kreiter & Flyaway Productions, Megan Lowe, and many others, at such places as Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and the Festival d'Avignon in France. He teaches Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, contact improvisation, and somatically-based performance skills to professional and non-professional movers in classes and workshops around the world. He is adjunct faculty at USF.

Mihyun Lee is an international dancer and choreographer who moved to San Francisco from Seoul, South Korea in 2009. Locally, she has performed with Erika Tsimbrovsky, Raisa Punkki, Ledoh, and Anne Bluethenthal, among others. She is certified in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and received her MA in Counseling Psychology from CIIS.

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This project is generously supported by San Francisco Ballet. 

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