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Sep 24, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Expulsion: Dancing Across Borders at Home

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre sets it Site Specific Peformance Art on cross-cultural communities across the USA.

Since 1985, Heidi Duckler has been choreographing dance along the boulevards and avenues of
Los Angeles, across the USA and around the world, promoting a unique approach to performance art: site specific dance. Incorporated as the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (HDDT) in 1988, the group now defines its role as “creating ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art.”
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Jan 2, 2010
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AIGA XCD Student Showcase: Erik Peterson’s Qeej Hero

Peterson reviews “Qeej Hero,” his new game concept and interface design.

The relatively fresh Hmong Diaspora in the United States has been forced to adapt quickly to American culture. The generation of Hmong people that fought in conjunction with the CIA in the jungles of Laos is now battling to preserve elements of its heritage in the suburban cul-du-sacs of California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

 

Through visual, verbal, and musical poetry, the Hmong Diaspora has defended traditional cultural heritage and synthesized new forms of aesthetic production outside their homeland. The tradition of oral storytelling is combined with abstract needlework “flower cloths” to form representational “story cloths,” the ancient practice of chanting poetry (kwutxhiaj) flows through hip-hop songs by urban youth, and the age-old wind instrument, the qeej (pronounced GHENG), is integrated into B-Boy dance competitions.

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