Photo courtesy of KollaborationSF.org
Kollaboration SF 2012 winner Peter Chung will be competing on Kollaboration Star 2012. Peter will go up against other winners from Kollaboration events across the nation to vie for the title of "Kollaboration Star."
What's that? You missed KollabSF this year? Well, let me tell you, it was quite the spectacle! I spent that sunny Saturday afternoon changing my outfit four times, looking up BART schedules, and rushing to get to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach hall to catch Kollaboration’s flagship event, called (surprise, surprise) Kollaboration -- an Asian American talent competition (Hyphen was a media sponsor).
Other than getting the chance to watch the amazing Kollaboration finalists, why was this blogger so eager to get to the show early for the red carpet meet and greet?
Two words: Ellen Kim.
Photo courtesy of Ellen Kim's Facebook
Kollaboration 2012 attendees were lucky enough to see dancer and choreographer, Ellen Kim. Ms. Kim brought her exuberant personality and overall awesomeness to the red carpet. Born in LA, but raised in SF, Ellen Kim has been dancing for years and has a soft spot for the Bay Area. She's also an ardent supporter of the Asian American arts.
But enough about this blogger’s girl crush. Here are some of my favorite moments from Kollaboration 2012:
- KT Tatara’s hilarious jokes about growing up a hapa in the East Coast and a definite “TMI” moment at Target that left the audience in stitches.
- Jayne Rio’s Rihanna-style voice and crazy Lady Gaga shoes.
- Dustin Ako’s beatboxing and mad skillz. With a “Z.”
- Kollaboration’s annual freestyle vocal competition, which gave me new respect for folks belting out Whitney and Adele songs.
- The freestyle dance competition and power of Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” Enough said.
- Surprise guest performer Clara C’s general “adorable-ness” on stage.
Kollaboration, with its motto “empowerment through entertainment”, did not disappoint for 2012. Each year, they give Asian American up-and-coming amateur performers a chance to showcase their talent onstage in front of a packed, red-glow-stick-waving crowd. And I ate up every moment.
But, seriously, HOW did that girl manage to “thunder kick” her way off the stage? Respect.
Those who want to vote for Peter Chung to represent the Bay Area, be sure to cast your vote here!
The previous issue of Hyphen is available in its entirety for your perusing pleasure. Almost as good as having it right in your hands!