Hailed by critics as "a master storyteller" Dan Kwong draws upon his own life experience as well as historical and contemporary material to explore the many facets of identity. His performances weave together storytelling, poetry, multimedia, dynamic physicality, and a generous sense of humor.
His performances explore subjects such as cultural confusion and discovery in a mixed heritage family; allergic reactions to "Model Minority Syndrome"; dysfunctional family "Asian American-style"; Asian American masculinity; Japanese American internment during WWII; the impact of HIV/AIDS on Asian Americans; Kwong's goal to become the First Performance Artist in Space, and the ironies of having a U.S. passport and an Asian face.
Touring extensively, Kwong has performed at venues all across the U.S. and in England, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada, China and Korea. He is recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Art Matters Inc., Brody Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace, N.Y., and was twice-nominated for the Alpert Award in the Arts. He received awards for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist from the California Community Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and was honored by the Japanese American Historical Society for Outstanding Contributions to Japanese American culture and history.
Saturday, March 23, 2013, Glenn Wallichs Theatre