What is it like to live in a society where you are muzzled,
where everything you say is overheard and reported on?
Told from the perspective of artists, musicians and other performers who are trying to pursue their art, "Sandaya: Burmese Lessons" is a musical theater performance that covers twenty years of Burmese history, including when the military junta clamped down on Burmese demonstrators killing 10,000 people in 1988 and ending with the Saffron revolution of 2007. This is the story of a young American pianist who learns about Burmese society by playing Burmese music.
This performance is produced by Alliance for New Music-Theatre, and it features contemporary performance art and Burmese dance, drumming and puppetry with American as well as Burmese performers, who are coming from Yangon. The work is co-created by Kit Young, composer, Susan Galbraith, director - scriptwriter, and Chaw Ei Thein, performance artist.
SAVE THE DATE !
Sandaya: Burmese Lessons
kicks off Radical Transformations
the performance series by Alliance for New Music-Theatre
Sandaya : Burmese Lessons traces the journey of a young American pianist as she learns Burmese language and unique piano style (sandaya). Her story captures her relationships with a Burmese performance artist and U Ko Ko, her piano teacher, as all three become caught up in the struggle between artistic expression and tyranny.
Coming Soon: Tuesday, June 11th at 12 PM PST, 3PM EST
We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference call Forced to Flee: Exiled Voices and Visions for Justice, which we are presenting in collaboration with freeDimensional.
Emotions conveyed and evoked by art and culture can open hearts and minds, heal and transform, build community across difference, and promote peace, equality and justice, advancing positive social change. In Forced to Flee, we will hear refugee artists, artists forced into exile, cultural organizers and their allies talk about how they are using the power of art and culture to amplify the voices and visions of those forced to flee their countries of origin.