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Refugee State:Global Visions in a New Land

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REFUGEE STATE: GLOBAL VISIONS IN A NEW LAND

New arrivals to the U.S. share stories through theater with TeAda Productions

A theater project for and by recent refugee communities in Portland! TeAda Productions, in partnership with Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization and Multnomah County Library, present a work-in-progress performance based on the stories of newly arriving refugees throughout the globe. Join us in welcoming their stories through live words, movement and imagery.

Nationally recognized theater company TeAda Productions, led by performing artists Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng, with support from Shruti Purkayastha, conduct a week-long residency with recent refugee community members in Oregon. Known for creating the play REFUGEE NATION about the Lao-American refugee experience, these theatre visionaries are at the forefront of the intersection between arts and social justice. With over a decade of experience creating and working with refugee and immigrant communities, they hope to highlight the joys, challenges and complexity of the current refugee experience. What stories come from the home country? What was the journey like to come to the U.S.? What has it been like to be here? REFUGEE STATE provides a platform for new arrivals to express themselves, and to foster understanding, compassion and unity for all.

TeAda Productions based in Los Angeles is a nomadic theater of color rooted in the stories of immigrants and refugees. Through theater workshops and performances, TeAda is committed to healing and honoring the lives of the displaced, exploited and overlooked. Our artistic process starts and ends with conscious listening, community building, and creative courage. TeAda began in 1996 as a means of providing opportunities for people of color to develop their artistry and bring marginalized voices into the public dialogue.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Founded in 1976 by a coalition of Southeast Asians to help refugees living in Oregon become self-sufficient, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) has grown to receive national recognition as a multiethnic, multicultural community-based nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multiethnic society.

Multnomah County Library Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River and it’s mission is empowering our community to learn and create. Multnomah County Library is a key community asset, serving people and enabling individual and community development. Library public programs are designed to meet the cultural, educational, and recreational needs of patrons by providing a wide array of services and activities that reflect and build community, promote literacy and lifelong learning, and offer safe spaces for open dialogue and information/cultural exchange.

This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters' Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




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