Pangea World Theater begins from the fundamental paradigm of diversity in the world. Since its inception, Pangea has continually redefined theater creation by exploring literature that crosses boundaries and traditions and by engaging in an inter-cultural and interdisciplinary process that delves into the urgent themes of our time. All of our programs are presented in conjunction with community-based activities that include workshops, master classes, discussions, and outreach to schools. These events set our works in their social, historical and cultural contexts and provide an important link between the artists and the wider community. Pangea World Theater’s Production Series are:
The Indigenous Voices Series was created in 2001 to explore issues in the indigenous agenda, focusing not only on internal details but also the wider global and national contexts through the medium of theater and performance art. In this series, local, national, and international artists raise issues that affect their community – issues of identity, rights, struggles, and experiences. Previous artists have included Native Americans James Luna, Bently Spang, Marcus Amerman, Keo Woolford, Allison Warden, Heid Erdrich, Sterlin Harjo, and Cochise Anderson, Niuean-Samoan Dianna Fuemana, Native Canadian Margo Kane, and Tasmanian aboriginal Tammy Anderson. The series has included youth workshops, slams and a global indigenous summit featuring speakers from across the world. This year’s Indigenous Voices Series performance features Qwo-Li Driskill’s SHAKING OUR SHELLS: STORIES FROM ON THE WINGS OF WADAGUGA November 18-19, 2012.
HYPHE-NATIONS: IMMIGRANT MATTERS
Bridges is an innovative program that includes new series of multidisciplinary performance events, panels, and workshops designed to create passageways across art forms, cultures, aesthetics, borders, and traditions. The porgram’s goals are to inspire new forms of artistic expression through a commingling of art forms and culture, foster new collaborations among diverse artists, spark the creation of new works that address issues of race, class, culture, aesthetics and create bridges of understanding among audiences. Pangea World Theater covenes gatherings of diverse artists over a sustained period of time who explore collaborative processes. Curated by Dipankar Mukherjee, Meena Natarajan, and J. Otis Powell!, previous artists have included Cochise Anderson, e.g. bailey, Laurie Carlos, Ananya Chatterjea, Sha Cage, Beverly Cottman, Bill Cottman, Armando Gutierrez G., Steve Hirsh, Rene Ford, Tom Kanthak, Robert Karimi, Mankwe Ndosi, Michael O’Brien, Juliana Pegues, J. Otis Powell!, Kenna Sarge, Chris Spotted Eagle, Kim Thompson, Hlee Vang, Roxane Wallace, and Anida Yoeu Esguerra. Please visit our PanLab installment to learn more about our most recent Bridges project.
VOICES OF EXILE
The Voices of Exile series gives writers from immigrant and refugee communities a chance to develop works in their own language and English for their own communities and the broader public. Voices of Exile is an evening collage of poetry, movement, rhythm and visual art from the refugee and immigrant communities currently living in Minnesota. It was created to serve as a record of the struggles of exile, adjustment and self-determination and the richness of artistic expression of exile communities. Voices of Exile has featured the South Asian, Hmong, and Arab-American communities.
Alternate Visions provides immigrant, minority and Native American writers a chance to develop their craft leading to mainstage production. Emerging playwrights spend an extended period of time writing and developing new plays with dramaturgical resources, travel and research funding, and production support. These pieces will be presented to the public as they are developed. Past readings/works-in-progresses/productions have included Curiosities by Heid Erdrich, Ady by Rhiana Yazzie, Hmong Bollywood by Katie Ka Vang, Solo Flight by Katie Herron Robb, Eleven Reflections on September by Andrea Assaf, Zafira the Olive Oil Warrior by Kathryn Haddad, Hiroshima by Masanari Kawahara, The Nguyens by Bao Phi, Med(i/e)a by Anton Jones, and Under the Bridge by A-yia Thoj and Saychay Thor.