This two-part evening features presentations by acclaimed LA-based performers Kristina Wong and Sheetal Gandhi. Writer, cultural commentator and performer, Wong presents a work in process extract from her new solo performance, The Wong Street Journal, while singer, dancer, choreographer and actor Sheetal Gandhi, showcases her solo dance-theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife).
A third generation Chinese American hailing from San Francisco, Wong is known for her trademark wit and critical exploration of pressing social issues. The Wong Street Journal hilariously explores the complexities of race, privilege and global poverty and charts Wong’s journey to Northern Uganda where among other things she recorded a rap album. Wong describes her aesthetic as “at its best as subversive, humorous, and endearingly inappropriate.”
Gandhi grew up in the Bay Area and was raised by parents who immigrated from India in the 1960s. Merging dance, vocalization and percussive text, Bahu-Beti-Biwi interweaves traditional music forms with characters inspired by the artist’s family members. Morphing from one persona to the next, Gandhi mines the text and subtext of centuries-old North Indian women’s songs to re-imagine the singers’ lives, introduce them to women from her own life, and explore the generational shifts that are reshaping our definitions of freedom and compromise, desire and longing, duty and love.
In two one-woman shows (one a work in process excerpt and the other a completed piece), Wong and Gandhi use humor and character work to explore the tensions and connections between women of the global North and South. In their distinct performance works they examine the transmission, translation, mistranslation and transformation of cultural traditions and languages, addressing the uneven impacts of globalization and the critical imperatives for social change.
This event is organized in association with Asian Art Week San Francisco. Asian Contemporary Art Week San Francisco (ACAW-SF) was initiated in 2012 as the core program of the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium San Francisco (ACAC-SF). Its mission is to increase awareness and understanding, build audiences, and promote and sustain interest in Asian contemporary art and design in the Bay Area. www.asiancontemporarysf.org
This performance is followed by an opening reception for Montalvo’s latest exhibition in its Project Space Gallery, Perceptual: Chris Fraser and Justin Lowman.