Tales of Clamor

Tales of Clamor
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in association with Nikkei Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) presents the World Premiere of TALES OF CLAMOR by PULLproject ENSEMBLE and directed by Dan Kwong. Starring Takayo Fischer, Kennedy Kabasares, traci kato-kiriyama, Dian Kobayashi (understudy), Kurt Kuniyoshi, Jully Lee, Sharon Omi, Greg Watanabe.

TALES OF CLAMOR is a 7-person play centering around two artists debating cultural versus institutionalized silence. Utilizing ensemble storytelling, circus arts and archival footage from the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings—when the Japanese American community broke their silence for the first time in nearly 40 years after WWII mass incarceration of Japanese Americans—this piece explores what it means to show up for each other, speak out, and generate the collective clamor necessary for social change.

Founded in 2008, PULLproject Ensemble is the award-winning Los Angeles-based duo Kennedy Kabasares (aerial artist/actor) and traci kato-kiriyama (writer/actor). Their work is based in theatre with the use of aerial apparatuses to strip away the spectacle of aerial arts and hone in on relationship and story. Their recent project, PULL: Tales of Obsession, toured internationally and was awarded with feature presentations in festivals and support including an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) was founded in 1980 by Nikkei from across the country. They held the belief that the Japanese American community had to come together for proper redress for what the U.S. government did to Japanese Americans during World War II, namely the forced removal and internment of Japanese American citizens without due process. Foremost has been their drive to empower the grassroots community, to help give voice to Japanese Americans who felt that they had nothing to say or that what they did have to say was not important. They held countless forums to educate and activate the community to participate in the Redress Movement. NCRR helped many of them to speak out at the 1981 hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC). In October 1990, redress became a reality, as Japanese Americans began to receive redress in the form of a presidential apology and $20,000 monetary compensation.

Founded in 1971, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. A hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place for the diverse voices it inspires—Japanese American Cultural & Community Center connects traditional and contemporary; community participants and creative professionals; Southern California and the world beyond.

For more information, please visit JACCC.ORG

Event Details

Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2019
Every Day
1:00am - 1:00am

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