Aug 29, 2015

The activist, like the artist, is not a balm for society, placating our guilt and saying, “It’s all ok.” Their role is to make us uncomfortable, push us out of our comfort zone, which Kathy did–beautifully, gracefully, and disturbingly. She envisioned a more beautiful world, a more positive world, and exposed some gnarly truths about who we are today. Her call to peace, in all its disturbing prescience, lives on through Soomi and Suzi's work.

Quiara Alegria Hudes, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright for “Water By the Spoonful”

Aug 27, 2015

Philadelphia

I have fallen in love with this city. Video designer Kevan Loney and I took a weekend trip to Philly to shoot landscape of mostly west Philly, where Kathy Change used to live and perform outdors. We visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Clark Park, the UPenn campus, Independnce Mall and we stayed in Powelton Village (University City) all places that Kathy Change (the subject matter for the upcoming Chang(e)) used to live and perform. Some of these images will appear in the show! 

Video designer Kevan Loney and I on the Penn campus

The Peace Sculpture where Kathy used to perform on the Penn campus.

Kevan taking shots of the College Green. Kathy was nicknamed "The College Green Dancer." She performed on the UPenn campus for around 18 years. 

This is a lounge area the Van Pelt library at the Penn campus. You can see the Peace Sculpture from the window.

This statue collection is called "Social Consciousness." A spot where Kathy used to perform with friends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sundays. She would declare that she would celebrate "Mother's Day" and the mother of us all is Social Consciousness.

Front of Phiadelphia Museum of Art

There are train tracks running all through the streets of Philadelphia. This particular area is Callowhill.

Chang(e) Rosin fund residency at HERE, August 2015

Chang(e) Rosin fund residency at HERE, August 2015

For one week in August, the creative team and cast of Chang(e) had the opportunity to work in the space where we will have our premiere run this November 4th-22nd on the mainstage at HERE Arts Center. Our video designer, Kevan Loney, built video and programming through touch design and we were able to play with projecting on different surfaces, even onto fog! It was very cool. We (director Suzi Takahashi and myself) also worked with a new cast of very talented actor/dancers. Out goal was to integrate some new script ideas as well as introduce and try out design elements. It was a very fruitful and productive time. We are thankful for this rare opporutnity and look forward to sharing this new, exciting, thought provoking (albeit a heartbreaking subject matter--) work with the public. I am very excited about sharing Kathy Change's under recognized story to a broader audience. Hers is a story worthy of attention. 

Photo above: Zeke Stewart begins to see the light! 

Video designer Kevan Loney 

Rehearsal with cast