Amiguitos de La Peña Presents: Asheba
- La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND is a 70min solo show about urban Jewish-American identity, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the human need for a place of belonging, of home. It is a piece of documentary theater based on a trip taken by the writer/performer to Israel and the occupied West Bank in 2007. Actor-dancer-poet Saria Idana weaves spoken word with cultural dance styles, the personal with the political; she speaks in her own voice and in the voices of seventeen characters, American, Israeli and Palestinian. Saria Idana is a theater, literary and music artist, committed to freedom of expression as a means to develop action connection and intimacy. Her work focuses on personal and global struggle in conjunction with human resiliency. She has worked with theater and dance companies in New York and Los Angeles including La Mama ETC, WE GOT ISSUES, Great Leap, Contra-Tiempo and the Moving Torah Company. Her poetry has been featured in print and on audio compilations. Her album of original poetry and music compositions about Jewish identity and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be released in 2012. www.sariaidana.com
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.
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