May 2018
Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Life Interrupted: Dance Theatrical Performance

    Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Wilhoit Theatre

    Life Interrupted is a richly-layered, full-length work of contemporary dance, art and music that draws from the experiences of the U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned on American soil during World War II.  While rooted in this specific story, the work ultimately creates a universal experience from historical events. The story has deep resonance for what is happening today across the globe with post-war emigration and the xenophobia that erupts in response.

    CORE is committed to the development of a meaningful program of public engagement activities in the communities where we perform. We hope to encourage discussion and raise consciousness about issues including the direct experience of the Japanese-Americans during WWII and, more generally, topics that are contemporary such as the politics of the “other” and social change through art-making; these activities are all developed in collaboration with our presenters to address their community’s needs and interests.

    February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the creation of the Japanese-American Internment Camps. To commemorate this event, CORE will perform Life Interrupted on February 4 at Drury University, on February 18-19 at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston, TX, and on February 23-26 at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta, GA. Each of these residencies will include community engagement activities developed in collaboration with local partners.

    This project is supported in part by awards from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, Springfield Regional Arts Council and Community Foundation of the Ozarks, DoubleTree by Hilton, Nelson and Kelley Still Nichols, Colorgraphic Printing, Drury University, Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture and the L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship.

    The 2015 creation and touring of Life Interrupted (previously performed as Gaman) was funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program; The Pattillo Foundation; the O Fund for New Work; Alternate ROOTS; and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

    Fees: Free
    Contact: Nancy Chikaraishi | 417-873-7459
    Categories: Alumni, Concerts and Special Events, Faculty and Staff, Student Life, Fine Arts