“We stay connected through our ability to dream...”
--Jill Togawa in Nichi Bei Times

Wed, May 26, 2010, 6-8pm
In Honor of Our DreamSpeakers

Burial Clay Theater
San Francisco details

Jill Togawa, Artistic Director, choreographer
Visual Artist: Ellen Bepp Musicians: Claudia Cuentas, Laura Inserra, Masayuki Koga (shakuhachi)
Dancers: Ruth Ichinaga, Michelle Fletcher, Arisika Razak, Sharon Sato & Jill Togawa
Guest Narrators: Pam Wu and Lori Higa

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2010 Calendar

In Honor of Our DreamSpeakers
Burial Clay Theater – San Francisco
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
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When Dreams Are Interrupted…
SF City Hall – Special Performances
Wednesday, Feb 17th and 24th, 2010, 12 Noon
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Dreams Interrupted, Dreams Fulfilled
San Francisco Japantown at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Sunday, February 21, 2010, 2 p.m.
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Purple Moon Dance Project and Artistic Director Jill Togawa
in association with the National Queer Arts Festival

In Honor of Our DreamSpeakers Proudly Presents:
Purple Moon’s 3rd biennial
"In Honor of Our DreamSpeakers,"

a celebration honoring the lives and contributions of lesbian and women of color artists whose work has inspired social change, peace and healing in our community. Building upon a tradition begun in 2007, this year we honor 5 artists who do amazing and inspiring work--using the medium of poetry, music, performance art, storytelling, lighting, visual art, spoken word and dance to encompass the essence of what keeps our cultures alive--telling stories we don't otherwise hear, honoring our ancestors, and supporting our communities.

Avotcja - poet, musician, radio host
Brenda Wong Aoki of First Voice - performance artist
Stephanie Anne Johnson - lighting designer, mixed materials/installation artist & sculptor
Judith Smith of AXIS Dance Company - artistic director, dancer/choreographer
Penina Ava Taesali - writer, poet, teacher, founder of API Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership, Talking Roots Arts Collective and Pacific Islander Kie Association

Wednesday, May 26
Performance & Reception

Burial Clay Theater
(African American Art & Culture Complex)
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

$10 Donation at the door
Please be advised that tickets generally sell out quickly. Purchase yours tickets today through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/107589


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When Dreams Are Interrupted…
SF City Hall – Special Performances
Wed, Feb 17th and 24th, 2010, 12 Noon

Following on the heels of its recent sold-out performances of When Dreams Are Interrupted, Purple Moon Dance Project is thrilled to present a special Noontime performance of this inspiring work at San Francisco’s City Hall Rotunda on Wednesday, February 17 and 24, 2010.
Juxtaposed against the magnificence and grand visibility of City Hall—a bastion of freedom and liberty--the performance evokes the same magnitude of the forced removal, and return, of the Japanese American community to the Bay Area.  The seemingly invisible leaving and returning of countless Japanese Americans, and its profound impact on their community, is one that is imprinted in the consciousness and dwells amongst the shadows of this historic building. With that as a background, When Dreams Are Interrupted witnesses the rupture of the Japanese American community during WWII, and offers an opportunity to reflect on the nature of equality, liberty and resilience. 

The presentation at San Francisco's City Hall will occur a few days before and after The Day of Remembrance on February 19th, when Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Roosevelt in 1942 - the order that resulted in the mass removal of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese residents.  At the time of its signing, Japanese were not allowed to own property or marry anyone they chose.  

On Feb 17th and 27th, we will perform When Dreams Are Interrupted within a building that represents equal rights and freedom of expression for all individuals. We invite you to attend one of these free City Hall performances to help mark the 30th Anniversary of the local Japanese American community's Day of Remembrance (DOR).

Description of work:  Longtime Bay Area choreographer and Purple Moon Dance Project Artistic Director and founder Jill Togawa, with a host of accomplished local artists, presented the world premiere of When Dreams Are Interrupted in Berkeley last October.  The multimedia work was inspired by Togawa’s discovery of the moving story of the Nakazawa family, previous owners of her home, in what was once a thriving Japanese-and African-American neighborhood in South Berkeley.  The family, along with their Japanese American neighbors, was forced into an internment camp in 1942. Through dance, music and text, the stories collected from the local community were woven together in When Dreams Are Interrupted to capture an integrated prism of voices, of hopes and dreams, of loss and recovery, from the past to the present.

Background on the Japanese American Day of Remembrance: Since 1979, the Bay Area Japanese American community has commemorated February 19th as the Day of Remembrance, which marks the day in 1942 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in American concentration camps.  Over the years, the Day of Remembrance has come to represent a special time for the Japanese American community and others to honor past internees, remember this history and educate the public so that it does not recur for any other community.  In the post 9/11 era, our Day of Remembrance has also become a time to express our solidarity with communities now suffering civil liberties violations similar to what Japanese Americans experienced over 60 years ago.

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Dreams Interrupted, Dreams Fulfilled

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San Francisco, CA -- The annual Bay Area Day of Remembrance (DOR) commemoration will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2010, 2 p.m., in San Francisco Japantown at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, with reception to follow at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

This year's Day of Remembrance theme, "Dreams Interrupted, Dreams Fulfilled," recognizes the honorary degrees recently awarded to Japanese Americans whose educations were disrupted by the relocation and internment of the Japanese American community during WWII, and to the enduring value the community places on receiving an education. The 2010 Day of Remembrance will be MC’d by KTVU Channel 2 News reporter Jana Katsuyama, with a keynote by California State Assemblyman Warren Furutani, author of CA Assembly Bill 37, granting honorary degrees to the Nisei who were removed from their educational pursuits. This year's program will also feature the presentation of the 2010 Clifford Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award to distinguished human and civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama. Additionally, the Purple Moon Dance Project, choreographed by Jill Togawa, will perform excerpts of their work, "When Dreams are Interrupted," revisiting the forced removal of the Japanese community in 1942.

DOR has been an annual inspiring expression of the Japanese American community's vitality. Through cultural presentations, education and a candle lighting ceremony, the event commemorates the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. In post 9/11 years, as the nation has struggled through war abroad and other communities have been targeted as “the enemy,” DOR has also become a time for diverse communities to stand together to carry the light for justice and reaffirm a united commitment to civil and human rights today.

The traditional candle lighting ceremony will feature a diverse array of community volunteers and advocates, and include shakuhachi music by Masayuki Koga. The program will close with an Interfaith Gathering and Procession, led by the Japanese American Religious Federation from the theater to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center, where a reception will conclude the day.

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance program is organized annually by the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium, with support from various Japanese American and Asian American community organizations throughout the Bay Area, including: Asian Improv aRts, Asian Law Caucus, API Legal Outreach, Japanese American Religious Federation, Japanese Community Youth Council, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, Campaign for Justice – Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans, Center for Asian American Media, Nakayoshi Young Professionals, National Coalition for Redress & Reparations, National Japanese American Historical Society, Tule Lake Committee, San Francisco JACL Chapter and the UC Berkeley Nikkei Student Union (partial list).

Tickets prices are $15 (door); $12 (advance); and group rates $10 (for 10 or more in advance). Call NJAHS for tickets at: (415) 921-5007.

Tickets can also be purchased online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/98947
For more information, visit: www.dayofremembrance.org

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FREE performances are made possible with support from California Council on the Humanities, the California Arts Council’s Creating Public Value fund, East Bay Community Foundation’s East Bay Fund for Artists, California Civil Liberties Public Education Project and numerous individual donors.

For more information, reservations, volunteer, donor and sponsorship opportunities, please call: 415-552-1105
or email: project@purplemoon.org.



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