What’s New in Summer 2014

This summer we are excited to announce that Cynthia and Shyamala will be premiering ruwaxi1 Super Ruwaxi: Origins in San Francisco and Los Angeles in July. Directed by Alison De La Cruz, Super Ruwaxi: Origins is an evening-length live comic book story that featuresqueer feminist-of-color politics, cross-diasporic connections, and an artistic mash-up of theater, dance, and multimedia. ruwaxi2 (Details about the piece on facebook, on the right: Stills from Super Ruwaxi: Origins ) In addition, Cynthia’s poem, rapture/rupture, on which her collaborative performance with Shyamala is based, was published in the queer zine, I Don’t Do Boxes: Out Loud!, published by Elsewhere in Greensboro. Shyamala, as project director of Pop-Up TeAda, has been staging pop-up performances in appreciation of restaurant workers throughout Los Angeles, and she will also perform in a work-in-progress showing of TeAda Productions’ Global Taxi Driver in August. Sandra is delighted to be continuing her research on contemporary Indian dance in Northern Europe. We are also continuing to work with Meena Murugesan on our web-based creative exchange on queering abhinaya. Summary: (click to view details) Events: PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. Santa Monica, U.S. 14 June 2014: 2014:  Shyamala and restaurant workers will perform in Pop-Up TeAda on Third Street Promenade.
  2. Los Angeles, United States. 2 July 2014: Cynthia and Shyamala perform LA preview of Super Ruwaxi: Origins.
  3. San Francisco, United States. 9, 10, and 12 July 2014: Cynthia and Shyamala perform world premiere of Super Ruwaxi: Origins.
  4. Los Angeles, United States. 9 August 2014: Shyamala will perform in a showing of Teada Production’s Global Taxi Driver at East West Players.

Details:

1. Santa Monica, U.S. 14 June 2014: 2014:  Shyamala and restaurant workers will perform in Pop-Up TeAda on Third Street Promenade. Come experience a movement choir created by Shyamala Moorty and a parody of Michael Jackson’s Thriller created by Alison De La Cruz, Kristina Wong June 14, 3-4pm Third Street Promende, Pop-Up TeAda is a theatrical movement in appreciation of restaurant workers. For information to watch or participate go to: www.facebook.com/groups/popupteada www.teada.org Back to Summary

2. Los Angeles, United States. 2 July 2014: Cynthia and Shyamala perform LA preview of Super Ruwaxi: Origins. Super Ruwaxi: Origins 2 July 2014, 8 pm The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse 39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, California 91101 Tickets $5 at http://superruwaxi.brownpapertickets.com/ www.facebook.com/events/705479526164325/ The Good Little Confucian Girl discovers her super-identity as the Hairy Arm-pitted Feminist, armed with magical gender-bending body odor that can change the course of patriarchal oppression. Super Ruwaxi: Origins mashes together theater, multimedia, and contemporary Indian dance to create a live comic-book story about queerness, coming of age, and the immigrant experience. Written, Choreographed & Performed by Cynthia Ling Lee & Shyamala Moorty Directed & Dramaturged by Alison De La Cruz Visual Illustrator & Animator: Adnan Hussain Music by Derrick Spiva, Jr., Ravindra Deo, and Ian Smith Costume Design by Danielle A. Domingue Technical Director & Lighting Designer: Kedar Lawrence May not be kid friendly. The development of Super Ruwaxi: Origins was supported in part by the City of Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Program. Back to Summary

3. San Francisco, United States. 9, 10, and 12 July 2014: Cynthia and Shyamala perform world premiere of Super Ruwaxi: Origins. Super Ruwaxi: Origins FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater July 9 at 7 pm, July 10 at 8 pm, and July 12 at 9 pm NOH Space, 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Tickets: $20 (fees included) at http://foolsfury.org/fury/FURYFactory/ < Info at www.facebook.com/events/285108908332966/” The Good Little Confucian Girl discovers her super-identity as the Hairy Arm-pitted Feminist, armed with magical gender-bending body odor that can change the course of patriarchal oppression. Super Ruwaxi: Origins mashes together theater, multimedia, and contemporary Indian dance to create a live comic-book story about queerness, coming of age, and the immigrant experience. Written, Choreographed & Performed by Cynthia Ling Lee & Shyamala Moorty Directed & Dramaturged by Alison De La Cruz Visual Illustrator & Animator: Adnan Hussain Music by Derrick Spiva, Jr., Ravindra Deo, and Ian Smith Costume Design by Danielle A. Domingue Technical Director & Lighting Designer: Kedar Lawrence May not be kid friendly. The development of Super Ruwaxi: Origins was supported in part by the City of Santa Monica Artist Fellowship. Back to Summary

4.Los Angeles, United States. 9 August 2014: Shyamala will perform in a showing of Teada Production’s Global Taxi Driver at East West Players. Time TBA, please visit www.teada.org for updated information soon. Global Taxi Driver (GTD) is born out of taxi ride experiences and explores personal narratives of taxi drivers and riders. GTD looks at taxi rides as durational performances that hold profound opportunities for deep insights on social relations. Underscored in this work is anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping across the U.S. and on the rise in Europe and Asia. Throughout the world, taxi driving is one of the first jobs accessible to immigrants, often taken on by men who once had (or still have) occupations as farmers, soldiers, doctors, etc. For tourists, a ride in a taxi is their first exposure to a “native informant” of the city they visit. The irony is often that taxi driver, like the tourist, is also a transient. globaltaxidriver.com