Momentum 2009
about us



Los Angeles Movement Arts (LAMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the public community through the performing arts. LAMA is a collective of dance, performance, theater, music and multi-media artists committed to artistic collaboration and innovation. LAMA works are rooted in our respective cultural backgrounds and traditions while embracing a contemporary approach and a universal perspective. LAMA artists follow their own artistic trajectory while also investing in a cooperative art-making process. Through performances and educational outreach, LAMA seeks to contribute to the appreciation, progress and development of the arts in the Los Angeles area and beyond.


Los Angeles Movement Arts (LAMA), currently directed by Jim Tsou, Mandarin Wu, Nguyen Nguyen and Da Xu, sprung from a shared passion for contemporary dance and the use of movement as a primary tool of artistic communication. The organization began as an idea In December 2007 when a groups of dance and movement artists came together to discuss ways of providing resources for artists who wished to create and present contemporary dance to the community. They also wanted to be inclusive of artists working in different mediums of expression such as music and theater. With this guiding vision, LAMA pooled the talents and efforts of numerous choreographers and performers and successfully mounted its first full-scale production, Momentum, in July 2008 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.