South of The 8
presented in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse
City Heights Performance Annex, San Diego
Performance dates: March 31 at 7:30pm, April 1 at 2:30pm, 7:30pm
The newest production in our interview-based Undesirable Elements series, South of The 8 is a fascinating work that explores issues of culture and identity, sharing the rich and diverse stories of the people who live south of the I-8 in San Diego. Following an intensive interview process, five individuals were selected to work with Ping Chong + Company and La Jolla Playhouse to create and perform an "opera for the spoken word," based on their own narratives.
Where the Sea Breaks Its Back Development Residency
Bunnell Street Arts Center, Alaska
March 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm Exploring Community Engagement Strategies
March 30, 6:00pm Work-in-Progress Showing
Ping Chong + Company travels to Homer, AK this month for a residency at Bunnell Street Arts Center, focusing on development rehearsals and exploring community engagement approaches for the upcoming tour. Where the Sea Breaks Its Back (working title) is directed by Ping Chong and co-written with performers Ryan Conarro and Gary Upay'aq Beaver (Central Yup'ik), weaving puppetry, video installation, recorded interviews, and yuraq (Yup’ik drum and dance) in a collage of striking contemporary and historical encounters between indigenous Alaska Native communities and newcomers to the Great Land. This residency is supported, in part, through the TCG: Audience (R)Evolution: Travel Grants Program.
Where the Sea Breaks Its Back will premiere in August 2017 at the University of Alaska Anchorage, followed by a September Alaska tour and a 3-week run at La MaMa ETC in New York, October 12-29.
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim identity
Check back soon for spring and summer 2017 performances in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the diverse experiences of young Muslim New Yorkers. The five participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith, those who identify as “secular” or “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to illuminate daily experiences of Muslim New Yorkers, and work towards greater communication and understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in NYC.
Beyond Sacred was commissioned by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, where it premiered in April 2015, with the generous support of APAP and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. In 2016, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, PCC will extend Beyond Sacred into a touring module with a suite of performances aimed at educational and public audiences. More info HERE.
Rehan Ansari and Ping Chong + Company: Theatrical Duet
The 8th Floor, Rubin Foundation
Rubin Foundation grantee Ping Chong + Company will present an excerpt of its recent performance project Beyond Sacred: Muslim Voices in dialogue with artist Rehan Ansari whose play Unburdened is featured in Enacting Stillness.
Performance Date: January 11, 2017 at 7:00pm.
Collidescope 3.0: Adventures in Pre and Post-Racial America
Wake Forest University Theatre
The Harold C. Tedford Stage
Performance Dates: February 10, 11, 16-19 at 7:30pm; February 12 and 19 at 2:00pm
Collidescope : Adventures in Pre and Post-Racial America by Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks premiered in 2014 at the University of Maryland, and has had a subsequent production at University of Massachusetts Amherst, with future touring in development. This piece was inspired in part by the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin and is a prismatic exploration of the history of violence directed at African Americans from the Colonial Era to the present. Read an interview with Ping and Talvin about Collidescope here.
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim identity
National Touring 2016-2017
St. Paul's Chapel - January 31, 2016
UNC Chapel Hill - September 18, 2016
WNYC's The Greene Space - October 15, 2016
Reston Community Center, VA - November 2, 2016
UC Santa Barbara - November 19, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - February 18, 2017u200b