Performing Diaspora Weekend One
Byb Chanel Bibene, Joti Singh, and Jia Wu
Hosted at CounterPULSE (1310 Mission Street, SF)
AUG 15-18, THU-SUN at 8PM
$22-32 Sliding Scale
Performing Diaspora artists represent many of the state’s most exciting new voices at the intersection of traditional arts, contemporary performance and California’s changing demographic. In the first festival weekend, Byb Chanel Bibene, Joti Singh and Jia Wu excavate their own heritage and push the boundaries of their current practice, exploring themes of survival, identity and healing.
Taboo and Heroes by Byb Chanel Bibene is a multi-media exploration of Bibene’s personal experience as a survivor of the wars that struck the Republic of Congo in the late 1990’s.
Joti Singh’s Red, Saffron and Green weaves Bhangra, Punjabi folk music and West African rhythms to tell the story of her great grandfather, Gyanee, who fought for Indian Independence from San Francisco in the early 20th century.
Mama/ Medea explores Jia Wu’s hybrid identities through the classical Greek figure of Medea: Eastern, Woman, Mother Sorceress, Exotic Other.
Other Performing Diaspora Festival Events:
Festival Kick-Off at Bissap Baobab — AUG 8
Symposium — AUG 10 (Register button)
Weekend Two AUG 25 - 28
Jewlia Eisenberg, Muisi-kongo Malonga, Nadhi Thekkek
Located in SOMA in San Francisco, CounterPULSE is a non-profit theater, performance space, community center, and gallery with roots deep in the Bay Area’s provocative performance and dance scenes. CounterPULSE produces its own shows, helps support local artists and activists with its programs and can be rented for productions and rehearsals.
Our Box Office opens for will-call and at-the-door purchase 45 minutes before showtime.
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