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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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