Maps of City & Body, by Denise UyeharaClick here for video excerpts

Uyehara draws shimmering blue and green maps over her body as she evokes what marks us in our migration towards more borderless identities: blue numbers on a Jewish woman’s arm; a Chicana biker neighbor; queerness; love and violence between Asian women and men; a grandmother’s fiery suicide. In this moving and provocative performance, Uyehara reveals to us the marks on her body as memories, and through them, she shows us our life destinations.

Visuals by Lee B. Directed by Chay Yew. Commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum’s Asian Theater Workshop. Maps premiered in 1999 at Highways Performance Space, co-produced with the Taper’s Asian Theater Workshop. Also presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, East West Players, The Asian Art Museum and the Modern Language Associan conference in San Francisco, the 3rd Conference on Asian Women in Theater in Tokyo, and for the MuuMedia festival at the Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland.



Maps of City & Body (2000) | 2000 | Noteable, Performances and Activities, Projects (selected)