Half and Halves
An exploration in dance of the little-known cultural and artistic legacies of Punjabi-Mexican communities founded in California in the early 20th century inspires the collaboration of Duniya Dance and Drum Company and Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco in “Half and Halves: A Dance Exploration of the Punjabi-Mexican Communities of California.”
The production, featuring new original material, returns to San Francisco for two nights, April 10-11, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center’s Kanbar Hall. “Half and Halves” is presented in association with Arts & Ideas at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
In the early 20th century, men from Punjab, India arrived in California to work on farms. Discriminatory immigration laws prevented them from bringing their wives from India, so many married Mexican women. This exciting performance, featuring 25 dancers and live music, brings together vibrant Punjabi Bhangra and Mexican Folklorico dances to explore themes related to farming life, marriage, immigration, and racial and ethnic discrimination. Choreographers Joti Singh and Zenon Barron also explore dance in this performance that does not neatly fit into one genre or another, drawing inspiration from the complex cultural identities of these communities and the issues and challenges they faced.
This performance is made possible by the generosity of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the San Francisco Grants for the Arts Hotel Tax Fund.
Red, Saffron and Green
Performing Diaspora at CounterPULSE, featuring new work by Joti Singh.
August 15–18th, 2013; THU-SUN, 8pm
Red, Saffron and Green tells the story of the Gadar party, founded in 1913 in San Francisco by Punjabi activists to fight for Indian independence from the British; Singh’s greatgrandfather was the president of this party from 19141920. The performance layers Singh’s experiences as the daughter of immigrants, with the life of her greatgrandfather and the fight for independence.
More Information: http://counterpulse.org/performing-diaspora/artists/joti-singh/
AUG 8 Festival Kick-off
AUG 10 Symposium
AUG 15 – 18 Festival Weekend One
AUG 22 – 25 Festival Weekend Two
There are many shades of innovation, diaspora, and performance. From first generation culture bearers to third generation hyphenated-Americans, the six artists featured in CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora push the boundaries of their performance practice, each rooted in diverse cultural forms. Join us in August for a vibrant kick-off party, a thought provoking symposium, and two weekends of new work by Byb Chanel Bibene, Joti Singh, Jia Wu, Jewlia Eisenberg, Muisi-kongo Malonga, and Nadhi Thekkek.
Co-presented by: African Advocacy Network, American India Foundation, Chinese Culture Center, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Jewish Music Festival, Museum of the African Diaspora, Oakland Asian Cultural Center