NET/TEN Shareback: Teada Productions & Pangea World Theater - Ways to Engage with Refugee and Immigrant Populations

2012-13 Exchange Grant Recipient

TeAda Productions (Santa Monica, CA) and Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis, MN) engaged in a one-week skill-sharing exchange. The mutually beneficial exchange focused on devised theater and community-based practices in immigrant communities.

   

SHAREBACK:

TeAda Production and Pangea World Theater provided NET with three resources for their shareback-- video interviews with the lead artists, a written response from an exchange participant, and detailed notes from their process.


 

WORKING WITH REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITITIES
by Meena Natajaran and Leilani Chan

VIDEO INTERVIEWS:

What immigrant & refugee communities do you find you work with?

What are the challenges working with refugee and immigrant communities?

What did you learn in the exchange that could be effective with these communities?

What’s the single most important thing that theaters need to do to work with immigrant and refugee populations?

A written response by learning exchange participant.

During the week of Pangea/TeAda exchange, I learned different versions of flocking from  each company that ultimately allowed me to become more comfortable with movement and storytelling. Flocking incorporates movement and sound, requiring a leader with followers who must be conscientious of maintaining formation as the group traverses the space. Pangea's method of flocking eliminated speaking while TeAda's method of flocking encouraged the telling of migration stories. I feel that through flocking - movement and storytelling, especially when supported by a conscientious group - the exercise could be used to help members of the immigrant/refugee communities to explore another way to tell their narratives. Watching a group flock reminded me of Tai Chi and I think elders would appreciate the flocking exercise and not be afraid to try it because of how familiar it looks. I would've enjoyed spending the entire day on this exercise because I found it to be calming, empowering, and so much fun.

Saymoukda Vongsay
Poet, Playwright, Artivist

FURTHER READING:

Click HERE to view notes from the learning exchange. This document includes rough notes from the activities explored during the exchange and provides an inside look at the exchange schedule and process.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

TeAda Productions
522 Wilshire Blvd, Suite H
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 998-8765
www.teada.org

Pangea World Theater
711 West Lake Street, Suite 101
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-0015
http://pangeaworldtheater.org

 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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