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
Celebrate International Human Rights Day!
6:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St.
American Jewish World Service – AJWS and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco invite you to an evening of music, dance, and food!
Join Ruth W. Messinger, President of AJWS, and Claudia Samayoa, AJWS Grantee and Human Rights Activist, for an inspiring event. Entertainment by Duniya Dance and Drum Company.
Here I am, finally writing a blog. It’s not the writing that has kept me from doing this sooner but rather the commitment. So here I will state to my blog: I will do my best not to neglect you, not to put everything and everybody else above you and to always be truthful and sincere.
Duniya has a new Marketing and Communications Intern. Welcome Nitya! Having an intern is some dope stuff. When I asked her what I should write about in my first blog entry, she wanted to know why dance is important to me. Why dance? Why the heck would anyone give up luxury, money, fancy job titles, and above all laziness and give everything to dance? Why dance? My answer, in short: Danceformation.
Dance is transformation. I am in the lucky position to see this on a daily basis. Dance makes a sad kid happy, dance makes an insecure woman feel like the bomb, dance turns violent youth into peaceful dance-makers, it turns ignorance into cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, it makes a dull life suddenly interesting. Dance turns a party you were invited to into a party you stayed at until 3 a.m.
When we created “Half and Halves,” our performance about the Punjabi-Mexican communities of California, as dancers we transformed ourselves into: devastated Punjabi women whose husbands were leaving us to come to America; Mexican and Punjabi farmers laboring in the scorching sun; subdued yet joyous guests at a wedding party; and feisty schoolgirls battling in the playground. The theater transformed from the Brava in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2010 to the Imperial Valley fields in 1906. Some audience members were so moved by the performance that they cried. Many approached me afterwards and told me they were so proud to learn of this history, or that they wanted their Punjabi parents and Mexican friends to see this important show. They were transformed.
On a personal level, I metamorphosized completely, from being insecure about my ability to pull off the show and unclear about my voice as a director and choreographer, to confident with not only my own capability but also my responsibility to do important work. I delved more deeply into compromise (which doesn’t always come easy for me) and collaboration. This experience made me more empathetic, more experimental, and more clear about direction in my career and in my life.
Dance can communicate the beauties and the cracks of the world I live in, and help create the ideal world that I hope to experience. Dance transforms everyone who touches it. So, Nitya, that’s why I dance.
3 nights of Artist in Residence Joti Singh and Duniya Dance and Drum Company at CounterPULSE.
“Lanyee” (Peace and Unity) An exciting evening of West African music and dance, featuring a collaboration of artists from West Africa, the Bay Area and Los Angeles“Lanyee” (Peace and Unity) An exciting evening of West African music and dance, featuring a collaboration of artists from West Africa, the Bay Area and Los Angeles, including drummers Bongo Sidibe and Kahlil Cummings, balafon player Mohamed Kouyate, and kora player Karamo Sissoko.
In response to recent political unrest in Guinea, these artists present their visions for a peaceful outcome to current turmoil and their hopes for the uniﬁcation of the population.