Written and Performed by Katie Ka Vang
Directed and Dramaturged by Meena Natarajan
Stage managed by Carisa Anderson, assisted by Mathilde Mouw
Lighting design by Wu Chen Khoo
Costumes design by Nonmala Xiong
Set design by Mina Kinukawa
Choreography by Leah Nelson and Nubia
Sound design and projection by Danika Ragnhild
March 14 – 24, 2013
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm
Location: Intermedia Arts
Hmong Bollywood is presented through Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Visions Program.
Hmong Bollywood was commissioned by Pangea in 2008, and Vang performed the first full-length iteration as a work-in-progress as part of Pangea’s Alternate Visions Festival in 2010. Hmong Bollywood will be performed at OutNorth in Alaska in April and New Orleans later this year.
A 1.5-generation Hmong American Katie Ka Vang finds herself trying to escape by leaving the realities of the American struggle, painful memories, fear and cancer behind her and dancing instead into the fantastical world of Bollywood. Vang and her family spent hours watching Bollywood films with their extravagant plots, brilliant costumes, music and star crossed lovers.
Hmong Bollywood explores how Bollywood gives Hmong Americans a way of engaging with forms of tradition different from their own. The performance blends creative non-fiction, broken prose, monologues, video installation, media art, Bollywood dance numbers and choreography based on Vang’s life’s movements.