Longing for Qeej: Honoring cultural exercises

04989In kicking off the Bicultural Active Living Lifestyle (BALL) Campaign, Asian Media Access (AMA) and Iny Asian Dance Theater (IADT) join hands to showcase the first ever Hmong Dance Drama – “Longing for Qeej” to help the communities to recognize the beauty of the cultural exercises in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“Longing for Qeej” will be performed in St. Paul on Sunday, July 19, 5:30pm at Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater, 2540 Lexington Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113 and in Minneapolis on Thursday, July 23, 7:00pm at Asian Media Access (Outside), 2418 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411.

“Longing for Qeej”, a dance drama adapted from Hmong folktale portraying the origin of Qeej – a traditional Hmong music instrument, a mouth organ with six bamboo pipes of different lengths attached to a wooden air chamber will be performed by Iny Asian Dance Theater’s 109 dancers.

Led and choreographed by acclaimed Hmong artist, Iny Xiong, Iny Asian Dance Theater has successfully served more than 200 students annually. Its mission is to broaden students’ ability and general public’s appreciation of Asian Dances through teaching and performance.

Both events are free and as part of Asian Media Access’ BALL strategy to emphasis on bicultural healthy living by utilizing cultural pride and parent involvement as motivations for youth to be proud of themselves, and exercise more through cultural exercises.

Performances are held outdoors. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy a 2-hours Asian dances you have never seen before. This unique project is sponsored by the MN State Arts Board (which that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov., 2008); Minnesota Department of Education; Roseville Parks and Recreation; and Minneapolis Roseville Parks and Recreation. For more information, please check the website at, or call at 612-376-7715 or e-mail


July 15, 2015
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