Disney’s Watch Company Members Frozen Interpreter “The girl of my dreams” by Julia Riew
Three Asian American artists come together to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month through music and dance.
Three Asian American companies on Disney’s North American tour Frozen performs “The Girl of My Dreams” to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. The filmed performance of viral TikTok creator Julia Riew’s song “Schimcheong” and recent Harvard University graduate features Marina Kondo singing, accompanied on piano by Jenna Mee Dosch and accompanied by a dance performance by Nika Lindsay.
In a statement on the performance, the artists said: “At times like these when violence and hate seem like they could cloud our hearts, it has become clear to us how vital it is to show love to our community. We wanted this Heritage Month to be a reminder that we have a powerful voice, and we do this by bringing hope and joy, and in our case, through our art. It was extremely liberating for us to be able to express our own identity at every stage of this project all the way from choosing songwriter Julia Riew to finding the perfect sound producer, Kenj Ulmer Selecting artists at the top of their game and creating opportunities to work with everyone’s expertise has been the greatest privilege.
As part of the tour set, Lindsay spoke about finding inspiration in a statement on the performance “To be Asian is to be beautiful, strong and inspiring,” she said. “My magical AAPI friends and family are my inspiration. They have been a guiding light on my journey to embrace and celebrate my identity as being South Asian.”
Dosch shared in her own statement, “Being an Asian American woman comes with great vulnerability. I am vulnerable, but I am also powerful, brave and beautiful. I am grateful to my community of sisters and brothers AAPI, all of us I am proud to be an Asian American woman, and creating with other Asian American women has brought me exceptional joy.
Kondo currently plays Queen Iduna and doubles as Anna on tour. In her statement, Kondo said, “Representation of our full Asian American experience is vital to our community. It manifests a liberated image of who we can become when we break down the barriers that society has imposed on us. A representation true and compassionate give us the permission we deserve to dream. It belongs to everyone.
Kondo was previously seen Off-Broadway as Mwe in Ars Nova’s KPOPCharity in the public Made in Americaand overall for New York City Center’s road show.
Dosch and Kondo produced the video, with Kondo also serving as project manager and Carrington Spiers as videographer.
Based on the 2013 Disney animated film, Frozen features music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and a book by Jennifer Lee. The musical opened on Broadway in March 2018, earning Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score.
Frozen is directed by Michael Grandage, with choreography by Rob Ashford, set design and costumes by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Peter Hylenski, video design by Finn Ross, puppet design by Michael Curry, hair design by David Brian Brown, makeup design by Anne Ford-Coates, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick and cast by The Rachel Hoffman and Laura Wade of Telsey Office.
Stephen Oremus is music supervisor and creates vocal, prop and dance arrangements. He is joined on the musical team by orchestrator Dave Metzger, executive music producer Chris Montan, additional dance arranger David Chase and musical director Faith Seetoo.
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