Shooting Columbus (2017)

May 15, 2014


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Gracias from the Dreams/Sueños Team

January 27, 2014

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SOUTH TUCSON – We want to thank the community for coming out to see Dreams and Silhouettes/Sueños y Siluetas at the Center for Global Justice.  It was so exciting to perform to a packed house — and what a diverse crowd! We were so moved by your energy, support and feedback.  Special thanks to our community partners: Las Promotoras, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Pan Left Productions and the Center for Global Justice.  Check out the media coverage on the project and artist notebook.

Dreams & Silhouettes Press Coverage

January 23, 2014

AZ Illustrated video

"Without Papers" Tucson Weekly article, by Margaret Regan“Without Papers”
Tucson Weekly article, by Margaret Regan

“Border Issues Visualized by Art”
review in the Daily Wildcat
University of Arizona

“Llevan al teatro ‘Sueños y Siluetas'”
de los deportados
La Estrella.com

and on Carolyn’s Community News,
TucsonCitizen.com

Dreams & Silhouettes/Sueños y Siluetas
Saturday January 25, 2014, 7p.m.
Free
Global Justice Center
225 E. 26th St. (just west of 4th Ave.)
Tucson, AZ 85713
Show details

 

Live shadow painting in progress for Dreams & Silhouettes

January 10, 2014

Deep in production….

Wesley Creigh, after a live painting created with Christina Cardenas

Wesley Creigh, after a live painting created with Christina Cardenas

Wesley painting in the "shadow" of a local resident who has been deported

Wesley painting in the “shadow” of a local resident who has been deported

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make the invisible more visible.  How do you represent someone who is undocumented, who lives with constant threat of deportation, without making them more vulnerable?  We conducted a workshop with Las Promotoras, the women of Derechos Humanos who help educated the public about their rights.  In the workshop we explored peoples dreams and aspirations, then had them write a letter to someone they loved as if this dream had come true.  These letters are played back as audio clips in the Shadows scene from the show.

Meanwhile, performers stand in for those they know who have been deported, created a shadow on the wall, which magically reverses to a white shadow.

Above is a photo of Wesley Creigh in a test run – painting in the “shadows” representing those deported.  Melo and Wesley will both be painting, along with Adam’s animation playing in tandem with their artistry.

Click here for details on this free performance in South Tucson.

 

 

Dreams and Silhouettes premieres at the Global Justice Center Saturday Jan. 25, 7pm, Tucson

November 15, 2013

Mark your calendars!
Dreams & Silhouettes/Sueños y Silhuetas
Saturday January 25, 2014, 7p.m.
Free
Global Justice Center
225 E. 26th St., Tucson, AZ 85713
Just out! “Without Papers” Tucson Weekly Article

Video (from MOCA-Tucson show)
Inside scoop in Artist Notebook
Facebook Event Page
High Resolution Photos and Press Release

Dreams & Silhouettes is multi-disciplinary performance installation inspired by communities in Tucson and near the border that live with militarization, detention, and deportation.

By award-winning filmmaker Jason Aragon of Pan Left Productions, performance artist Denise Uyehara and video artist Adam Cooper-Teran.  Featuring stories from Las Promotoras of Derechos Humanos and members of the community, with visual artists Melo Dominguez, Lawrence Gipe and Wesley Creigh, performers Marc Pinate and Yvonne Montoya.

Made possible with generous support from the Tucson Pima Arts Council PLACE Grant and the MAP Fund

Sabado, 25 Enero, 2014, 7p.m.
Gratis!
Global Justice Center
225 E. 26th St., Tucson, AZ 85713

Sueños y Silhuetas es la instalación actuación multidisciplinar inspirado en las comunidades en Tucson y cerca de la frontera que viven con la militarización, la detención y la deportación.

 

“Shedding Light on Memory and the Occupied Body” performative talk, Pitzer College

February 4, 2013

Denise Uyehara

  • I’m excited to announce I’ll be an Activist/Artist-in-Residence (AAIR) this February and March at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California. Activities include:Opening Performative Talk:
    “Shedding Light and the Occupied Body”
    February 13th, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
    Benson Auditorium, Pitzer
    Community and class workshop showing:

    Saturday, March 9, 3pm, Kallick Family Gallery at Pitzer College

AAIR is the signature project of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges, offering public events and workshops with activists and professional artists representing diverse cultures and art forms that are usually not part of “traditional” college curricula. More…

Bus Stop Dreaming in Casa Libre’s Edge 50 series, Jan 23

January 22, 2013

Yvonne Montoya and Denise Uyehara, Bus Stop Dreaming, MOCA-TucsonDenise Uyehara/Yvonne Montoya perform excerpts from Bus Stop Dreaming (the roving unplugged version!) as part of an evening of poetry and performance, presented by Edge 50: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers.  Evening also features work by Cybele Knowles, Sueyeun Juliette Lee.

Wednesday, January 23, 
7:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $5
Casa Libre
228 N. 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
view video here

Bus Stop Dreaming is a series multi-disciplinary performances that appear at community sites around Tucson in response to the ongoing deportations of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the city. Bus Stop is a collaboration between documentary filmmaker Jason Aragon of Pan Left Productions and performance artist Denise Uyehara, with Yvonne Montoya of Safos Dance Theater, video/audio artist Adam Cooper-Terán.  interviews and footage from residents of South Tucson.  Made possible in part by the MAP Fund and the P.L.A.C.E./Open Society Fund from the Tucson Pima Arts Concil. More…

Bus Stop Dreaming March 22 and 23, House of Neighborly Services, South Tucson

October 2, 2012

Denise Uyehara and Yvonne Montoya in Bus Stop Dreaming, MOCA-Tucson

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Traffic Stop.  Border Patrol. Deportation.

Bus Stop Dreaming will appear as part of Safos Dance Theater’s “Vignettes”
House of Neighborly Services
243 W 33rd St, Tucson, AZ

Friday, March 22 at 7pm
Saturday, March 23 at 7pm
Admission: $14 suggested donation, $12 seniors/students
and special free matinee for community on Saturday March 23, 1pm
for more info on community matinee and accessibility call (520) 481-1656
Click here for video


Choreography by Denise Uyehara in collaboration with Yvonne Montoya,
video/audio design for Bus Stop Dreaming by Adam Cooper-Terán, based on an interview with Alex by Jason Aragon.  “The Dove” image used with permission © 2009 Ed Braverman.  Photos by JP WestenskowBus Stop Dreaming is supported by the MAP Fund and the P.L.A.C.E. grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council.  Photos taken at MOCA-Tucson.

Bus Stop Dreaming at MOCA-Tucson, Saturday Sept. 29

September 2, 2012

Yvonne Montoya in Bus Stop Dreaming
Yvonne Montoya in Bus Stop Dreaming

Saturday, September 29
Bus Stop Dreaming (excerpts) as part of INDEBTED / ENDUEDADO
Museum of Contemporary Art – Tucson
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
265 South Church Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701
$5 for members, $8 for non-members

Bus Stop Dreaming is a series of short, multi-disciplinary performances that will appear at community sites around Tucson in response to the ongoing deportations of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the city. Bus Stop is a collaboration between documentary filmmaker Jason Aragon of Pan Left Productions and performance artist Denise Uyehara, in collaboration with Yvonne Montoya of Safos Dance Theater, video/audio artist Adam Cooper-Terán, and interviews and footage from residents of South Tucson.  Made possible in part by the MAP Fund and the P.L.A.C.E./Open Society Fund from the Tucson Pima Arts Concil.  More…

Archipelago this weekend at Highways, Santa Monica. Feb. 17 & 18, 8:30pm

February 2, 2012

Archipelago by Denise Uyehara and Adam Cooper Teran

To reserve special $10 tickets call (310) 315-1459, give the code word “Denise,” and pay at the door.

Press Kit

Preview articles in Blue Fat’s Triple Echo
and The Rafu Shimpo

 

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Workshop at USC

January 21, 2012

USC logoFree Workshop at USC
Saturday, February 11, 2012
2
4 p.m. –Interactive Performance Workshop
“Performing the Objects of Memory”  Click here for details.

Performance artists Denise Uyehara and Erin O’Brien will lead a hands-on workshop that explores the materialization of memory in everyday objects. Through embodied practice, we will explore how memory becomes embedded in or evacuated from objects. Participants are encouraged to bring an object from their daily lives that holds some meaning them. Objects will also be available at the workshop for participants to use.  Space limited.  To secure your spot please RSVP to: tdc@dornsife.usc.edu

Bus Stop Dreaming, MOCA-Tucson (2012)

January 12, 2012

Bus Stop Dreaming is part of Dreams & Silhouettesa multi-disciplinary performance that appears at various community and art events in response to the ongoing deportations of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the city of Tucson. Bus Stop is a collaboration between two award-winning artists – documentary filmmaker Jason Aragon, and performance artist Denise Uyehara – and Pan Left Productions, a grass roots video collective working toward social change. At each new location they will create an expansive moment to remember someone recently deported by the the U.S. Border Patrol.

Bus Stop Dreaming appeared as part of Safos Dance Theater’s “Vignettes”
House of Neighborly Services
243 W 33rd St, Tucson, AZ

Friday, March 22 at 7pm
Saturday, March 23 at 7pm
Admission: $14 suggested donation, $12 seniors/students
and special free matinee for community on Saturday March 23, 1pm
for more info on community matinee and accessibility call (520) 481-1656

Yvonne Montoya and Denise Uyehara, Bus Stop Dreaming, MOCA-TucsonMore on the project

The Uyehara and Aragon work closely with award-winning video/audio artist Adam Cooper-Terán they will project video footage – such as interviews, desert imagery and Border Patrol deportations – onto a slowly moving ensemble as they “migrate” through public spaces.

Instead of reenacting deportations, the ensemble “remixes” everyday movements into a slowly-moving dance that add new information to the scene. Each performance is a poem in motion: layering together memories, image, song, gesture and moving bodies to shed light on the “humanness” of people caught in this ongoing crisis. In addition each performance will involve community members who will recite fragments of poetry, names of those Pan Left, Jason Aragon and Denise Uyehara receive MAP Funddeported, testimony by family left behind, or who perform in the piece, “standing in” for someone who was deported.

Credits: Choreography by Denise Uyehara in collaboration with Yvonne Montoya, video/audio design for Bus Stop Dreaming by Adam Cooper-Terán, based on an interview with Alex by Jason Aragon.  “The Dove” image used with permission © 2009 Ed Braverman.  Photos by JP Westenskow.  Bus Stop Dreaming is supported by the MAP Fund and the P.L.A.C.E. grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council.  Photos taken at MOCA-Tucson.