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Livestreamed on this page on Monday 10 August 2020 at 1 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-), 3 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-), 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7), 5 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6), 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5), 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Monday 10 August 2020

“Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua - Return to the Source”

Part of Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists’ ConFest Virtual Series

Monday 10 August 2020

Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists presented a panel discussion Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua - Return to the Source livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 10 August 2020 at 1 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-), 3 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-), 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7), 5 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6), 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5), 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA)’s new, monthly ConFest Virtual Series will feature the work of Asian American artists and theatres from across the country. The virtual series will explore the theme of the upcoming 7th Annual Asian American Theater Festival & Conference (ConFest) “Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua - Return to the Source” in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi in May 2021, which centers the voices of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander theater practitioners, and will feature the thriving theater community of Hawaiʻi, where Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander faces on stage are the norm, not the exception.

The 90-minute premiere episode, also titled “Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua: Return to the Source,” will be hosted by CAATA ConFest Co-Chairs CAATA ConFest Co-Chairs Leilani Chan (Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions) and Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), and will focus on CAATA’s decision to convene ConFest in Hawaiʻi. Featured performances will include an excerpt of work by Hana Keaka, the Hawaiian Theatre Program based in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on O‘ahu, as well as introduce its May 2021 ConFest keynote speakers, including Dr. R. Keawe Lopes, Director & Associate Professor of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language; Sammie Choy, Professor of Asian American Drama & Theatre, Kapi‘olani Community College; and Hone Kouka (Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu), acclaimed Maori writer, director, and co-founder of the theatre production house Tawata Productions.

The ConFest Virtual Series will feature artists who represent some of the most groundbreaking work in American theatre, and includes stories from across the breadth of the Asian American diaspora, including Hawaiʻi, Egypt, Vietnam, and more. The series is not meant to be a replacement for the conference and festival, but is an offering to begin discussions around artists, topics and themes proposed by the field that CAATA hopes will culminate in an in-person celebration at the 7th Annual Asian American Theater Festival & Conference (ConFest) in Hawai’i in May 2021. The series will also foster dialogue with other networks of color and connect artists with current BIPOC movements.

ABOUT THE SERIES
Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA)’s monthly ConFest Virtual Series will feature the work of Asian American artists and theatres from across the country. The virtual series will explore the theme of the upcoming 7th Annual Asian American Theater Festival & Conference (ConFest) “Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua - Return to the Source” in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi in May 2021, which centers the voices of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander theater practitioners, and will feature the thriving theater community of Hawaiʻi, where Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander faces on stage are the norm, not the exception. “Ku‘u ‘Āina, Ku‘u Piko, Ku‘u Kahua - Return to the Source” is a call to all theatre artists to reconnect with their foundations and their sources of knowledge: their land, their family, their center. The online series and its presentation of the wide diaspora of Asian American stories will be a vehicle through which both the audience and artists can ground themselves, their cultural knowledge, and the many identities that we bring to our communities.

The ConFest Virtual Series will feature artists who represent some of the most groundbreaking work in American theatre, and includes stories from across the breadth of the Asian American diaspora, including Hawaiʻi, Egypt, Vietnam, and more. The series is not meant to be a replacement for the conference and festival, but is an offering to begin discussions around artists, topics and themes proposed by the field that CAATA hopes will culminate in an in person celebration at the 7th Annual Asian American Theater Festival & Conference (ConFest) in Hawai’i in May 2021. The series will also foster dialogue with other networks of color and connect artists with current BIPOC movements.

The nine-episode series will take place on the second Monday of the month through April 2021 with all times at 1 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-), 3 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-), 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7), 5 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6), 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5), 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) and will be hosted by the following theatre companies and artistic leaders, with artists to be announced:

Monday 14 September 2020
“Modeling Solidarity: Theatre As Political Action,” hosted by Leslie Ishii (Artistic Director, Perseverance Theater, Juneau, AK, and Moses Goods (Founder & Artistic Director, ʻInamona Theatre Company, Honolulu, Hawai’i).

Monday 12 October 2020 (Indigenous Peoples Day)
“Artists on the Frontlines: Creativity & Change During Covid-19,” hosted by Leilani Chan (Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions, Los Angeles, CA).

Monday 9 November 2020
“Nomadic Imagination: Transnational Homelands & Cultural Return,” hosted by Andrea Assaf (Executive Director, Art2Action, NYC and Tampa, FL; and Steering Committee Member, MENA Theater Makers Alliance) and Jamil Khoury, (Co-Executive Artistic Director, Silk Road Rising, Chicago, IL)

Monday 14 December 2020
“From the Source, Seeds for a Myriad of Worlds,” hosted by Roger Tang (Executive Director, Pork Filled Productions, Seattle, WA).

Monday 11 January 2021
“Revolutionary Acts: Lasting Impact of CAATA ConFests,” hosted by kt shorb (Producing Artistic Director, Generic Ensemble Company, Austin, TX).

Monday 8 February 2021
“Return to Our Stories: Festival Artists Showcase,” hosted Joan Osato (Producing Director, Youth Speaks, San Francisco, CA).

Monday 8 March 2021
“Directing & Ensemble Creation: Asian American Directors in Conversation & Practice,” hosted by Meena Natarajan (Artistic/Executive Director, Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis, MN) and Assaf.

Monday 12 April 2021
“Hoʻokipa Malihini: Welcoming You (Responsibly) to Hawaiʻi and Our Time Together During ConFest,” hosted by Baker, Chan, Goods, and CAATA ConFest Local Coordinator Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka, Honolulu, HI.

CAATA staff member Ariel Estrada is the series Line Producer, and Maximiliano Urruzmendi-Mele will be the series Technical Director. More information about the ConFest Virtual Series can be found on CAATAʻs website at www.caata.net.

FUNDERS & PARTNERS
Mahalo to our funders and partner organizations:
Doris Duke Foundation
Ford Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts
Queen Liliuokalani Trust
Theatre Communications Group: Audience Revolution
T-Shirt Theatre
University of Hawai’i at Manoa

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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