Artists’ Bios

Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo

RsololeaningbackGrowing up in the late 60’s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Robert was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His music background as a songwriter and composer, his interest and talents in Asian ethnic music, dance and theater, and his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy to place Robert in the exciting art form of storytelling. Synthesizing the spoken word with kinetic sensibilities, interlacing music to create interludes and atmosphere, and engaging his audiences into playful participation, integrates all of the elements Robert values for conveying his philosophy through performance.

Robert’s accolades include composing film scores for such notable Asian American filmmakers as Wayne Wang (“Chan is Missing” and “Eat a Bowl of Tea”) and Felicia Lowe (“Carved in Silence”). His musical expertise also includes performing and songwriting on recordings for such Asian American bands such as “Yokohama, California,” “Bamboo Brew,” and “The Noh Buddies.” As pioneer and master teacher of Kulintang gong music in Northern California, Robert fathered the Kulintang movement and founded the groups “Kalilang” and the “San Francisco Kulintang Ensemble.” The California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk Arts Program are a few of the eminent grants Robert has received. He was acknowledged with a SF Izzy Award and in 1999, he was the recipient of the National Young Audiences “Artist of the Year.”

Nancy Wang

N_PurpleRed1_cropDrawing on her background in modern dance, ethnic dance, theater and playwriting, Nancy Wang co-scripts and sculptures Eth-Noh-Tec’s synchronistic and seamless tandem movements. With lyricism, rhythmic and visual counterpoints drawn from Nancy’s masterful choreography and staging skills, Eth-Noh-Tec’s stories provide evocative visuals to stimulate the imagination as audiences listen to their rhythmic dialogue.

Having studied various modern dance techniques including that of Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Hanya Holm, Nancy’s performance career began with the Performing Arts Workshop under the mentorship of dancer, choreographer, satirist and Master teacher Gloria Unti. During the early 70s Nancy performed and choreographed for the Asian American Dance Company, Choreographers and Company, Performing Arts Workshop, Kalilang and others. With the addition of traditional Asian dance forms from Bali and the Southern Philippines, her choreography and dance performances in both contemporary and ethnic forms were featured in major dance festivals. These include SF Ethnic Dance Festival, Asian Pacific Festival in Vancouver Canada, Asian American Dance Fest and in And Still We Dance, a documentary about ethnic dance. Her plays of Asian American themes include: “Leave Me My Dreaming” produced by the Asian American Theater, “Unspeakable Moons,” Noh Theater, “Takashi’s Dream” (various festivals and theaters) and the upcoming “In Need of Goddesses.”

Nancy is also a practicing psychotherapist and brings to her performances a strong belief and a community activism that provides her art of storytelling with the goal of making a difference in people’s lives.

Various awards include: The Creative Work Fund, Zellerbach Family Fund, California Arts Council, SF Grants for the Arts, G & G Educational Fund, Asian American Arts Foundation, Haas Foundation, Gerbode Foundation, and the SF Arts Commission.

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