Lenora Lee
Dancer and Choreographer
San Francisco, CA
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Lenora Lee has been a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and producer in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York for the last 20 years. Her work integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research, which has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, global conflict, and its impacts, particularly on women and families. Lee weaves together multiple artistic disciplines and socially conscious work that push the relevance of arts in various communities throughout the country. She creates works that are set in both public and private spaces—intimate and at the same time, large-scale—inspired by individual stories and community strength.

Lee has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute (2012-2016). She is currently an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater and she was awarded a 2018 Creative Work Fund to collaborate on an immersive performance piece with the Chinatown Community Development Center. Over the last 11 years, her dance company Lenora Lee Dance has grown to encompass the creation and presentation of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement projects, and educational programming. Her company’s mission is to create and present large-scale multimedia performance works that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history, and human rights issues.

Portrait photo by Hien Huynh.