Artists’ Blogs

All of the Performing Diaspora Artists have blogged about their experience in the program, shared backgrounds on their art and personal stories. Below are their entries. Make sure to visit each of their pages for interviews and other footage.

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Performing Diaspora Artist's Blogs


By Shanti Ramrattan (Company Dancer) It’s been a year-and-a-half journey for me as a performer with the Nava Dance Theatre, and every moment thus far has been an event-filled dancer’s dream.  In-depth rehearsals, constantly evolving items, the birth of new characters, re-envisioned music…and a company of the most dedicated, talented artists committed to showing up […]

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By Sophia Valath (co-Artistic Director) I have had a few experiences in my life where I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I signed up for it…the kind of decisions that you make almost on a whim. The ones you say ‘yes’ to not because you’ve necessarily thought it through, but because […]

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We are back! I am so thrilled that Nava Dance Theatre is going to present The Cloud Messenger at CounterPULSE this year through year 2 of the Performing Diaspora residency program. The evening length version of The Cloud Messenger, to be premiered September 11th-14th at CounterPULSE (1310 Mission St) will feature new original musical score, […]

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BROTHERS By Martin Schwartz These are impressions by playwright/theater director Martin Schwartz about the Work in Progress showing we presented a month before the show opened. A hot Sunday a few weeks ago, March 30. I walk the block and a half from where I live to CounterPULSE for a work-in-progress showing of Homo File. […]

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Our final meeting for Performing Diaspora involved many tears. Emotions were palpable as artists spoke about having community for the first time, and staff expressed the fulfillment of a long-term vision. This has truly been a unique experience, and I feel emotionally and professionally bound to these people, many of whom I just met a […]

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En Route From lived story to stories lived on the stage.  Next it will be on screen.  From the many roads I had to take to escape the fires, now the roads are imprinted in my mind.  All I can do is share the hope that kept me alive, and hopefully this will inspire the […]

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Their lives were stolen,                     Their memory remains,                                          So long as we speak and toil,                       […]

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Mama Kimpa Vita The greatest lesson I’ve learned through this creative process is to be still and listen, not be chained solely to my words, my thoughts, and my perspective but to get quiet enough for spirit to speak and be heard. When approaching Mama Kimpa Vita’s story, I asked myself many questions… Why is […]

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[View the story "Performing Diaspora Symposium 2013" on Storify]

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The Piece “The Cloud Messenger” is a Bharatanatyam piece is about a yaksha (or demi-god) who is exiled and separated from his beloved. When he feels like all hope is lost, he finds solace in a young raincloud and tries hard to convince her to embark on a difficult journey, to ultimately take a message […]

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