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.
Performing Diaspora Artist's Blogs
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
There is this fantastic organization called the South Asian American Digital Archive, or SAADA for short, founded by Samip Mallick. My uncle Surinder Paul Singh has submitted a great deal of original source material from my great grandfather, including letters and photos. All these materials are now available on SAADA’s website. Having these materials on [...]
When I dance… Nadhi: “I can feel a deep love for God and an emotional connection to human-kind. Particularly when I perform, that connection can be so strong, that I forget where I am and who is watching. I find that I keep dancing to chase those moments. Sophia: “Dancing excites me, challenges me, moves [...]
THE GINZBURG GEOGRAPHY Alla Boara Old Ones Remain Revolution on Borgo San Constanzo Marciar, Marciar Guerra di Popolo Winter in Abruzzo La Filera Corso Re Umberto La Situazione Memoria Piazza Quadrata These 3 Friends La Lega Texts as cited. All music by Jewlia Eisenberg except when cited. ALLA BOARA Traditional O the grasshopper sings on [...]