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On the Cusp of Phoenix Rising: Cambodian American Spoken Word

Anida Yoeu Esguerra will perform excerpts from "On the Cusp of Phoenix Rising" and will speak about her collaborative work with Southeast Asian artists.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall, Studio 230
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

"On The Cusp of Phoenix Rising" is a combination of poetry and performance with one mic, one stage and one wall. This show is a collection of Anida Yoeu Esguerra's poetry and performance works. The show is an arsenal of work ranging from her most fierce poems to her most vulnerable monologues; from raw spoken word favorites such as "Haram! Haram! Haram!" to the experimental fusion of poetry, video and sound in "Visiting Loss."

Esguerra also performs excerpts from her recent show "Living Memory/Living Absence," an interdisciplinary exploration of memory, exile, and the pain of these experiences within the bodies of Cambodian genocide survivors. Whether through humor, wit, anger or just honest storytelling "On the Cusp of Phoenix Rising" is a reflection of Esguerra's hybrid cultural experiences as she struggles to find the juncture of her artistic, spiritual, and political identities. The pieces in this set change depending on audience, current issues, and what the moment requires.

Anida Yoeu Esguerra is a Cambodian Muslim American woman whose spoken word performance work can be described to have explored the refugee condition. She has also dedicated her time mentoring youth, using the arts as a tool for politicizing young people. Anida is also a member of a number of performance and arts collectives. She was a founding member of I Was Born with Two Tongues, a ground-breaking panAsian spoken word quartet. She has been invited to significant international arts projects including the Ford Foundation-funded Asian American diasporic women artists convening in New Delhi, India and the Dance Theater Workshop's Mekong Project. Her writings have been published in a number of collections and she has participated in a number of editing projects. For more information about her work and accomplishments, please visit:

This event is also funded by a grant from the UCLA Office of Instructional Development.

Parking in UCLA's Lot 4 costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, World Arts & Cultures/Dance, Asian American Studies Center

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