Trở Về Nước:
Between Home and Memory
Fri May 23 at 6pm & 8pm
Trở Về Nước investigates the politics of memory and migration.
$18 General; $7 Student/Senior in advance
$20 General; $10 Student/Senior at the door
Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission St, SF
Near 25th street
=== ABOUT THE SHOW ===
Trở Về Nước: Between Home and Memory investigates the politics of memory and migration through the eyes of two Vietnamese American women in search of home in the diaspora. This performance brings together two (seemingly) separate bodies in a dialogical investigation of the boundaries between generations, people, and countries.
The liminal space of water- becomes a site of intrigue, discovery, torment, confusion, and possibility. We explore how our bodies become the site where larger aesthetic, political, and historical questions are fractured open and confronted. Who remembers? Who is remembered? Who leaves and who stays? Patricia enters the work from a historical perspective that focuses on oral histories and performance poetry, while Natalia is situated in an embodied approach that foregrounds movement and the body.
Weaving together oral histories, embodied movement, poetry, and improvisation, Trở Về Nước examines the conflicting and layered ways that stories are told, felt, and remembered. As our two bodies—literally—collide, contract, expand, unite, and diverge, a new way of capturing the elusive space between home and memory emerges between us. Trở Về Nước is a performance of bearing witnessing and asks us to feel and think crtitically about how we engage with stories and how these stories implicate us. As the performance unfolds we invite you to journey with us in this liminal space of water to [re]member the past and envision possibilities for the future.
=== ABOUT THE ARTISTS ===
Natalia Duong is a performance artist, choreographer, and scholar, native to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on Kinesthetic Empathy as a resource for conflict resolution, community devised theater, and the embodied transmission of trauma as exemplified in the bodies of those affected by Agent Orange. She has collaborated with artists to perform internationally in Edinburgh, Paris, Uganda, and Vietnam, where she recently led a community-based devised theater piece that was performed at the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. Natalia is also the Founder and Artistic Director of PAO, a New York based movement collective interested in how war is inherited in the body. Her work has been presented in university settings at Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), University of Massachusetts Boston, New York University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University in addition to various dance venues such as Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam, Chen Dance Center, and Dixon Place. She recently gave a TEDx talk on her research at TEDxStanford in May 2013. She holds a Masters degree in Performance Studies from Tisch School for the Arts at New York University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Psychology and Dance. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Patricia Nguyen is an artist, healer, and community educator born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a child of refugees, she was raised on the bedrock of hope and hardwork. Patricia has carried this spirit into her work in the United States, Vietnam, Brazil, and the Philippines with over 10 years experience working in arts education, community development, and human rights. She has facilitated trainings and workshops with the Fulbright Program, American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Christina Noble Foundation, Social Workers Association in Vietnam, Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit, and Asian Human services on issues ranging from environmental justice to youth empowerment to mental health and performance. In 2010, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Vietnam. She has since cofounded cây, the first life skills and art therapy reintegration program with the Pacific Links Foundation for human trafficking survivors along the border regions of Vietnam. Patricia’s solo performance Trở Về | Return on the politics of return, based on family oral histories and fieldwork in Vietnam, has featured at Oberlin College, Northwestern University, and University of Massachusetts, Boston. Currently, Patricia is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Performance Studies Program at Northwestern University.
=== FOR MORE INFORMATION ===
Natalia Duong: www.nataliaduong.com
Patricia Nguyen: https://www.communication.northwestern.edu/programs/ma_phd_performance_studies/students.php