NUWORKS 2019 presents new work from emerging artists who explore different genres and techniques. A diversity of voices, topics, and types of art will be presented to the public during the rainbow week of New York City!
ARTISTS & ARTWORK
Lost Chinatowns is a solo dance-theater work that explores the destruction, lost vibrancy, and historical erasure of Santa Cruz’s Chinatowns from 1860-1955. Santa Cruz, now known for being the ultra-liberal “leftmost” city of the US, was once a center for virulently xenophobic anti-Chinese racism in California. The piece aims to make connections between the historical othering of Asian bodies and current racialized xenophobia in the era of Trump.
Cynthia Ling Lee is a Taiwanese American choreographer who instigates queer, postcolonial, and feminist-of-color interventions in the field of Asian diasporic performance. Her interdisciplinary choreography has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (New York), East West Players (Los Angeles), SZENE Salzburg (Salzburg), Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta), and Chandra-Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai). Cynthia was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Exchange Fellowship, and a Hellman Fellowship. Cynthia is an assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz and a member of the Post NatyamCollective.
The Art of Fly Swatting is a poetic memory play about a young Japanese-American’s journey through his early defining ruptures. Utilizing spoken-word poetry and calligraphy, Ken endeavors to heal the wounds from the separation of his parents, the distance of his father, and a subsequent relationship with an enigmatic mentor. The play journeys through a variety of subjects including language, D&D, and the little things that return a person to their own power.
Ken Yoshikawa is a biracial actor-poet from Portland, OR. Notable credits include Arjun in Chitra, the Girl Prince, (NW Children’s Theatre), Chimney Sweep/Ensemble in Mary Poppins (NW Children’s Theatre), and Malvolio/Antonio in Twelfth Night (Oregon Adventure Theatre). He has appeared at Portland Center Stage (Mojada, A Medea in Los Angeles), Portland Playhouse (You for Me for You), and will be performing at the Artist Repertory Theatre this fall (1984). He recently released his first album of spoken word poetry Quiver.
Ken graduated from Reed College with a B.A in Theatre Arts.
At NUWORKS, Shebana will be performing an excerpt from The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects, a solo play that unravels the insidious ways colonization works inside and outside the skin, through culture, history, and emotion and offers a healing alchemy of metaphor and movement. A metaphoric memoir, the play interweaves monologues, poetry and dance inspired by Flamenco and Sanskrit drama.
Shebana Coelho is originally from India, now based in New Mexico. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia. Her stories/poems have been published widely; her documentaries have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four, and PBS. Her performance training includes flamenco study in New Mexico and Spain, collaborative storytelling with master elder storyteller Larry Littlebird and Sanskrit drama workshops with famed practitioner G Venu, Natanakairali Arts and also with Adishakti Arts. She facilitates ‘Faraway is Close’ creativity workshops-an antidote to fear & to deepen cross cultural connections. shebanacoelho.com
Mr. D.C. (being presented at NuWorks this year) is about Matt Dela Cruz's time as an artist in New York City and how this experience in NYC led to his current “day job” career working as an educator in the Seattle area. Expect singing, a handful of late 90s/early 2000s pop references and a lot of humorous and heartwarming storytelling in this piece.
Matt Dela Cruz is a first-generation Filipino-American performer, writer and educator based out of Seattle, WA. He’s a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC and a University of Washington Drama Alumni. Matt has been involved in many musical theatre shows and cabarets throughout his career. He won two BroadwayWorld Seattle 2016 awards for “Person to Watch,” and “Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Local),” for his role as The Lion in The Wiz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. He also wrote a 2nd solo show called Tita Ester, which premiered in Seattle this past February.
Azul en movimiento is the story of an ordinary woman who confronts life through the conflicted feelings of having or not having children (Árida ) and having three different souls ( Tres Almas ) co-existing within herself to attempt to fulfill society’s expectations.
Lorena is a Colombian actress/ musician and dancer, She graduated from Circle in the square Theater School and credits include Measure for Measure/ Isabella, Trojan women/ Jersey City theatre center, M.Beth/ Banquo/ Lady Macduff and is also member of the Katherine Pettit Creative Dance Company. She's thrilled to share her creativity and be part of NUWORKS 2019
The first segment Shakthi Sahitha Ganapathim is composed by the Indian composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar who studied western classical music in the 18th century. The second segment is Bach's composition which is from the Cello Suite no. 2 in D Minor Minuet. The third segment is composed by Yamini and Dwayne inspired by European classical music.
Yamini Kalluri: Yamini is a professional dancer based in New York city practicing the style Kuchipudi which is one among the 9 classical Indian dance styles. Yamini has studied Kuchipudi under the stalwart, Dr. Sobha Naidu for 12 years. Yamini has been teaching workshop and have been performing internationally representing kuchipudi. She was interviewed the BBC Radio and The New York Times for being a young Kuchipudi sensation.
Dwayne Beach: Dwayne Beach, currently a Master Degree laureate from Brooklyn College Conservatory in Viola Performance. He also graduated with his Baccalaureate in Music from Hunter College in viola and a second discipline in Italian Linguistics. He's an Alda Fellowship Scholar who has studied under the tutelage of Artistic Faculty Masao Kawasaki at Brooklyn College, and formally under Dr. Reuben Blundell. He has had the luxury of being seated in the Principle Viola Seat for various orchestras: from All-City Youth Orchestra (2007-8), Hunter Symphony (2009-11), “New Yorks hippest orchestra” (Courier-Life) One World Symphony (2012-14), and currently New York Eastern Chamber Orchestra.
It's 1916, Helen Keller finds herself secretly engaged with her secretary Peter Fagan while preparing for a political lecture on the current political climate. As the story unfolds, Helen embarks on a journey of self-discovery and most importantly self-reconciliation.
Sheng Lei is a New York City based composer/musician born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is always excited in collaborating with artists of all kinds of medium, including musical theatre, plays, and dance. He believes musical theatre is an ultimate form of storytelling which has no boundaries nor limitations - capable of expressing the inexpressible, making the unseen heard. www.shengleimusic.com
Ioana Preda Buburuzan is a composer/lyricist, playwright, and performer with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU based in NYC. Originally starting out as a singer/actor, musical theatre has always been her passion. Whether on stage or as the writer, Ioana believes in the magical power of storytelling. She is most excited about stories that can explore what it means to be human, and that include audiences that have not before been traditionally included in musical theatre. Ioana is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. www.ioanapredabuburuzan.com