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American Dreams/Asian Nightmares
Join us at 3pm for a pre-concert reception at Pattison Court featuring Gamelan Merdu Kumala and Claremont Taiko.
Following the reception, join us in Garrison Theater for a musical performance that chronicles the history of the Chinese Massacre of 1871 through movement, music, and spoken narrative in 3 parts:
I. Other Bodies
II. Other Minds
III. Other Futures
A sonic exploration of the Asian American experience, and its many beautiful contradictions.
This performance is a follow-up to the 2021 theatrical podcast Blood on Gold Mountain, which gained national recognition for its portrayal of the 1871 LA Chinatown Massacre.
American Dreams/Asian Nightmares engages with Anti-Asian violence and rhetoric from the inside out. The three-part program combines Asian and American music traditions, Data Sonification and Anti-Colonial performance art to break down barriers of Race and Nationality, and spark new dialogues about what it means and how it feels to be Asian-American.
National Endowment of the Arts Award performance