A Sample of Immigrant Life

A Sample of Immigrant Life

Date and Time: Saturday, Jul 11, 2020, 6:00 PM & Sunday, Jul 12, 2020, 6:00 PM

Registration/Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/109886084236

Running Time: 1 Hour + 15 minute Post-performance Chat

First-generation immigrants with different cultural backgrounds have diverse perspectives of life in the US, but their voices are not often heard because many of them are English-language learners, working people with busy schedules, and outsiders who constantly try to navigate cultural differences. In fact, none of them are stereotypical immigrants. Their stories, ideas, questions, and conflicts make them unique human beings who have shared challenges and passions.

After eight months of research and community engagement, our findings are presented in A Sample of Immigrant Life. The performance by no means tries to represent the immigrant community or summarize immigrant experiences. Instead, it amplifies individual experiences re-rooting in New York City in a way based on extensive research because we agree that “personal is political”.

Through an original approach to online performance making, we are bringing you into a conversation, and a journey of reflection with us.

Created by immigrant artists and members from the University Settlement house community, A Sample of Immigrant Life is the culminating performance of The Square Theatre’s project The Art of Losing.

Devised and performed by Gloria Chao, Jiawen Hu, Jing Dong, Jose Valdez, Josephine Cho, Yusi Gao.

This event will also be live-streaming on Performance Project’s Facebook page. But we strongly encourage you to join our Zoom Webinar performance for the full experience. Streams of recording will be available on Jul 13 and 14, 6:00 PM-12PM EDT.

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This Feels Like Home

Recently students in our evening classes have been collaborating with Marc Nuñez, an Artist in Residence with University Settlement’s Performance Project.  They would like to continue the great work they’ve been doing, but they need your help. Watch the video above and read a statement from Mark Nuñez below, then click on the link to find out how you can help!

This feels like home. 

A Dance & Language Performance Project for New Americans

This feels like home. is an 8-week summer dance and language program for new Americans followed by a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater.

My name is Marc Nuñez and I am an Artist-in-Residence at The Performance Project at the University Settlement in the Lower East Side, New York City.  I have been collaborating with Julie Condon, an English language teacher at the Adult Literacy Program at the University Settlement, to incorporate dance and theater exercises to supplement learning the English language.

Our discoveries have been remarkable.  

We’ve found our students speaking English with more confidence, feeling more energized and ready to learn once the body has warmed up and danced, having more freedom of expression in the body, and building a deeper sense of community through a mini performance at the end of their spring semester.  Feel free to check out more specific stories on our Instagram @GothamDanceTheater.

In order to retain their English skills and keep building that overall sense of positivity, we want to continue this momentum throughout the summer.  In the fall, we would like to collaborate with professional dancers of my company, Gotham Dance Theater, for a fall dance theater production.  We would provide the opportunity for our language students to perform and share their American experiences on stage.

We need your help to make this American dream become a reality!
Your contribution will allow us to:

  • Provide an 8-week summer dance and language program improving not only English skills, but also physical wellness, confidence and community (detailed below)
  • Provide a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater to prepare our students for the stage
  • Present 2 nights of a performance raising awareness and celebrating the diversity of our city and country
  • Provide paid work to five professional dancers
  • Support artists and production staff who are contributing to this project
  • Provide a stipend for our performing language students
  • Provide materials (i.e. classroom materials, costumes, props, marketing materials) and additional rehearsal space

To support this project, click here.

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