Sit, Eat, Chew: A Guided Immersive Dance Tour of Chinatown

Sat, Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sun, Oct 22, 2017 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sit, Eat and Chew is a guided immersive dance tour through NYC’s Chinatown sourced from stories gathered from Chinatown communities.


Tickets (includes museum admission): $25/adult; $15/student (w/ ID), senior, MOCA member; $10/Chinatown Resident (w/ proof of residency at 10013, 10007, 10002. 


Saturday, October 21

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Sunday, October 22

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Has this ever happened to you? There you are, in a family gathering, and suddenly someone reveals a story about a cousin that you've never heard of before, and suddenly the table gets real quiet?

Sit, Eat and Chew (五味杂陈) is about those kinds of amazing, conversation-stopping stories that were never intended to be public.

There is a Chinese proverb - Wǔ Wèi Zá Chén 五味杂陈 - that uses the five tastes of cooking (sour, sweet, bitter, spicy and salty) to describe the complex emotions in life’s ups and downs. In Sit, Eat and Chew, this proverb connects to personal stories that have become the creative and emotional inspiration for dance theater performances in unusual local spots. Small groups are guided in their explorations of the works as they’re performed in five public and private locations throughout Chinatown, including a local hair salon, a private apartment, a park, restaurant, and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).


The tour begins and ends at the MOCA.




About the Choreographer
Mei-Yin Ng founded MEI-BE WHATever ( in 2003 as a collective for the interaction of artists from diverse fields. Ng has been creating site-specific works for over 15 years in USA, Europe, and Asia.


In New York, Ng’s work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama Etc., PS122, Joyce SoHo, The Flea and Tribeca PAC, as well as Boston Cyberarts Festival and Dance Camera West Festival at the Hammer Museum. It has been shown internationally at LEAP Festival ‘05& 2010 in Liverpool, UK, Studio 303 in Canada, Mercat De Les Flors in Barcelona, Spain, SESC Festival of Arts in Sao Paulo, Brazil, International Choreographer’s Platform in Almada, Portugal, Festival de la Cite, Switzerland, Fabbrica Europa, Bassano State Opera Festival, as well as venues in Asia.


Initially focusing on modern movement as inner being, Ng’s work continues to evolve with the possibilities of contemporary technologies. Ng has received commissioned from the Merseyside Dance Initiative (Liverpool, UK), Karin Bacon Event (NYC, US), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC, US) and American Music Center (NYC, US) Ng was an artist in residence of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC, 2007), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC, 2009), HERE Arts Center (NYC, 2012-14), LMCC process space (NYC, 2013), Rosas/PART summer space (Belgium 2012) and Bogliasco Study center (Italy, 2014). She is a recipient of Arts Connection’s Janklow Award (2011) for excellent in teaching artistry, Malaysia National department of Cultural and Arts’s Development grant (2013), NYSCA Individual Artist Grant (2009), and two Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography (2004) and Interdisciplinary work (2009).



Conceived and developedby Mei-Yin Ng, Sit, Eat and Chew 五味杂陈 is made possible in part with The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and public funds from LMCC Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andre Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.