Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
In Association with Nikkei Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) presents
Tales of Clamor
by PULLproject ENSEMBLE
Directed by Dan Kwong
February 1 - March 3, 2019
Fridays - Mondays
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.
Venue: Aratani Theatre Black Box
244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Box Office: (213) 680-3700
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.
PULLproject has been presented at: POMO Arts in San Francisco; The National Asian American Theatre Festival in Los Angeles; Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia; Centre of Gravity in Toronto, Canada; CounterPULSE in San Francisco. They have also been awarded residencies as guest artists and lead collaborators for Asian Arts Initiative's International Artist Exchange in Philadelphia, and the DRAWN project for Eventual Ashes in Toronto. Their recent play, TALES OF CLAMOR, pushes the boundaries of their storytelling, utilizing a seven member cast and the theatrical use of circus and archival video footage and an original score with composer Howard Ho. The project began development in 2014 and draws upon a longstanding relationship with partners, NCRR and Visual Communications. Along the process of development, they have had great community support and also garnered two consecutive grant awards from the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR)
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.
TALES OF CLAMOR is supported in part by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Aratani Foundation and made possible with support from Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), Kinetic Theory Circus Arts, and Visual Communications. Significant in-kind support is provided by American Airlines, Ushio America, Inc., Hoshizaki, and Bose Professional.