IMMIGRANT JOURNEY PROJECT


Location: SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development | 55 N Victoria St, St Paul, MN 55104

Created by Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Hmong Elders Center, Shades of Yellow (SOY), Wilder, and Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) and facilitated by renowned puppet artist Masanari Kawahara, Immigrant Journey Project, directed by Randy Reyes, explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks. In this devised work, community members will perform original stories alongside theatre professionals.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

imageMasanari Kawahara is a performer, educator and Butoh practitioner who incorporates puppetry, mask and movement into his work. His latest work as a performer/writer/designer was a solo performance piece Little Boy, commissioned and developed by Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Vision series, performed in fall 2014 at Pillsbury House Theatre. He was a company member of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) from 1998 to 2009. At HOBT, Masanari collaborated on numerous productions such as his latest production with HOBT is The Story of Crow Boy (2016). He also created, A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh(2009) which was chosen as outstanding puppetry by Lavender. He was the co-creator and designer of GOTAMA: Journey to the Buddha (2006), recognized by City Pages as one of the ten great sets/scenic designs of the year. Masanari Kawahara is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow (2010-2011).