Dan Kwong Performance

Dan Kwong Performance Photo

The University of Redlands will welcome solo performance artist Dan Kwong at 8 p.m. on March 23 at the Glenn Wallichs Theatre as he debuts his new show, "What? No Ping-Pong Balls? A Mother’s Story. An Asian American Story. An Artist’s Story."

Kwong has performed across the world at venues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Kwong often draws upon his life experiences and uses poetry, multimedia, physicality and humor to tell a story. Most of his work over the past 24 years has been carved from topics on issues of race, identity and class. His newest performance is inspired by his mother and her life story as a single mother who happened to be a Japanese American woman living in Los Angeles in the 1960s, who became an artist herself.

“This piece is charting her life journey as an American kid forming an unconventional path and how she navigated her way through racism, sexism (and) as an Asian single mother at a time where it was a freakish thing-deviant from the norm,” Kwong said. “It is about questioning the pre-packaged identity that society has for you”.

His performance will incorporate video, documentary footage, home movies, puppets, dancing and singing, and excerpts from his mother’s autobiography. Kwong says this performance is a work in progress and as he performs it each time he constantly modifies it. 

This isn’t the first time he has been to the University of Redlands. He has performed here a few times and says “it feels like it is a place that he has a long term relationship with”. He will return May 13-16 for a workshop in autobiographical writing and performance.

The public is invited to attend the show. Admission is $10. For more information please contact the Theatre Arts Department at 909-748-8728 or for tickets please contact 909-748-8028.

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