Voicebox: Kimi Maeda
"Exploring Impermanence: The Art of Storytelling in Sand"
This sand drawing workshop is based on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, getting people to re-imagine power relationships and visualize a utopian version of their community. The impermanence of the drawings allows students to make mistakes and take risks while underlining the possibility of transformation.
Saturday, May 21 1-5pm
Kimi Maeda's solo performance, Bend, tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maedas father, an Asian Art historian who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi, a half-Japanese-half-American sculptor. Weaving together live feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940s, Maedas performance poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered.
Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 8:30pm
Kimi Maeda is a theatre artist based in Columbia, SC whose intimate visual performances cross disciplines and push boundaries. Her ephemera trilogy is a collection of sand drawing and shadow performances that deal with memory, home, and trans-cultural identity. In 2011 she founded Belle et Bête, a puppet production and promotion company, with local artist Lyon Hill. Together they produce the bi-annual Spork in Hand Puppet Slam. They also created Planet Hopping, an intergalactic puppet adventure, as well as Grime and Glory, a multimedia puppet celebration of barbecue pitmasters. Kimi received her MFA in scenic design from the University of South Carolina, her MA in Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and her BA in studio art from Williams College. She was the recipient of the 2005 Rose Brand Award from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and her costume design for Polaroid Stories was chosen for display in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. She has designed sets and costumes in Columbia, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, London, and Sevilla and was a puppeteer for several years for the Columbia Marionette Theatre.
609 St. Ferdinand Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
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