East by SouthEast: A Festival of Asian-American Voices in Theater, Music and Dance!
Three Atlanta-based artists, Pam Joyce, Michelle Pokopac, and Amee Vyas, are bringing Asian-American Artists of the Southeast together to perform for four days in a festival of theater, dance, music, and conversation. The four-day festival will take place at Horizon Theatre in Little 5 Points and Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA, with a different line-up of performances followed by facilitated small-group discussions. The festival aims to engage Atlantans in a conversation about how the American Story includes the Asian-American experience.
With the festival, these artists strive to bring the Atlanta community together by showcasing local artists and sparking generative conversations about identity, race, culture, representation, and art. They hope to encourage the Atlanta arts community to expand their ideas of diversity and explore what it means to be Asian-American artists and citizens. And they aim to further the concept that Asian-American stories are American stories - just told in different colors.
Over the four days of the East by SouthEast festival, dozens of Asian-American artists from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and artistic disciplines will take to the stage to showcase their art. The lineup includes acts as varied as traditional Chinese dance, Bengali music, spoken word by Korean-American artists, an original devised piece of theater, and staged readings of new plays.