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United States
Sunday 12 July 2020

A performance of A Sample of Immigrant Life

the culminating performance of The Square Theatre’s project The Art of Losing

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Sunday 12 July 2020

The Square Theater presented a performance of A Sample of Immigrant Life livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 12 July at 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

First-generation immigrants with different cultural backgrounds have diverse perspectives of life in the U.S., but their voices are not often heard because many of them are English-language learners, working people with busy schedules, and outsiders who constantly try to navigate cultural differences. In fact, none of them are stereotypical immigrants. Their stories, ideas, questions, and conflicts make them unique human beings who have shared challenges and passions.

After eight months of research and community engagement, our findings are presented in A Sample of Immigrant Life. The performance by no means tries to represent the immigrant community or summarize immigrant experiences. Instead, it amplifies individual experiences of re-rooting in New York City in a way based on extensive research because we agree that "personal is political". Through an original approach to online performance making, we are bringing you into a conversation, and a journey of reflection with us.

Created by immigrant artists and members from the settlement house community, A Sample of Immigrant Life is the culminating performance of The Square Theatre’s project The Art of Losing.

Devised and performed by Gloria Chao, Jiawen Hu, Jing Dong, Jose Valdez, Josephine Cho, Yusi Gao.

Special thanks to Baba Israel, Emma K. Rivera, Alison Fleminger, Jonathan Eckblad, Lucian Leung, David Hans Eliason, Joseph Uguccioni, Wendy Liao, June Foley, Michele Rodriguez, Shown Edgar, Yasi (Christine) Qiu, Meghan Crosby, Ursula Hellberg Kaid, Diego Cristian Saldaña, and Alice Yu.

Communication Coordinator: Wenxuan Xue.

This event will also be live-streaming on Performance Project's Facebook page. But we strongly encourage you to join our Zoom Webinar performance for the full experience. Streams of recording will be available on July 13 and 14, 6:00 PM-12PM EDT.

The Square Theatre is a collective creating original performances in NYC. They make performances out of research, conversations, and various art forms. Working in an ensemble setting, they investigate into ways in which every ensemble member, with or without previous experiences, takes on the role of artist in performance making.

The Performance Project at University Settlement Presents our Artist in Residence, The Square Theatre.

The Art of Losing: A Community-based Theatre Project on Immigrant Experiences made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

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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