March 23, 2001
Modern Dance Deals with Japanese American
Internment Camp Experience
June Watanabe's "5/15/45 - The Last
Dance," a modern dance performance based on the relocation
and displacement of the Japanese American internment experience
during World War II, will be performed at 4 p.m., Sunday,
April 1 at California State University, Sacramento in the
University Union Ballroom.
Watanabe, born and raised in Los Angeles, was in an internment
camp when she was three years old. She has created five modern
dance versions based on her incarceration experience.
"5/15/45 - The Last Dance" features choreography
by Watanabe, music by composer Alvin Curran, visual design
by John Woodall, six dancers, a storyteller and a 17-piece
swing band. Audience members are invited to participate in
a swing dance after the performance.
Watanabe's work has received support from the National Endowment
for the Arts, the Rockefeller Fund, the California Civil Liberties
Public Education Program and the California arts Council.
Tickets for the dance are $7.50 general and $5 students. Tickets
are available at the CSUS Ticket Office, 278-4323.
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