IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PHARE PERFORMING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND
Press Performance is Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 7:30pm
Over 22 weeks of development since 2012, Global Arts Corps — whose celebrated work brings together people from opposite sides of violent conflicts — collaborated with these young Cambodian artists as they grappled with the painful history of their country’s genocide. While details of the four-year horror have largely gone unexplored by younger generations of Cambodians, the cast of “See You Yesterday” interviewed their elders (and even a former Khmer Rouge child soldier) to build a stunning performance that is both beautiful and cathartic.
“See You Yesterday” director Michael Lessac. “At a time when we seem to be clinging to what separates us and not what connects us, we wanted to be in the same place again to see what happens when another, totally different, theatrical vision of honesty, tenacity, and imagination takes the ArtsEmerson stage. ‘See You Yesterday’ brings to Boston a cast of young Cambodian circus artists whose culture has forced them to live in silence with a harrowing memory. They have created a performance that shows us how hope can emerge from despair and how truth can emerge out of a powerfully moral and courageously honest imagination. I could not be more proud to be working with David Dower and his extraordinary team, in the namesake space of my old friend, Rob Orchard, as we once again explore together what happens when inherited conflict and unspoken multiple truths are surfaced across continents so that generations can talk to each other again.”
Saturday, May 18, 2019; 2:00pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019; 2:00pm
Cast: Cheat Sopheap, Choup Kanha, Heng Chhaiya, Houn Sopheap, Huot Heang, Khoun Kimlon, Lai Vireak, Mon Borey, Mony Ratanaksombath, Ney Linna, Nov Sreyleak, Nov Sreyleap, Pai Phirom, Phat Sreyleak, Preab Pouch, San Samdy, Sem Sinak, Sim Chantha, Yam Sopheak
About Global Arts Corps:
For the last 17 years, Global Arts Corps (GAC) has been bringing together performing artists from opposite sides of cultural, religious and racial divides to create original theatre productions that encourage a playwriting dialogue between people who fear, disdain, mistrust and even hate each other. The stage becomes a laboratory where each new production finds its own unique way to unpeel these feelings and rehearse a new empathy. These collaborative productions have been performed for over 100,000 audience members in 28 cities in 12 countries on 4 continents. The casts of these productions have facilitated empathy and perceptual change workshops that have brought together close to 20,000 participants. The award-winning film, “A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake,” resulting from our South African project Truth in Translation, has been shown in educational centers and film festivals in 19 cities in nine countries and a new film, based on See You Yesterday, has just completed principle editing. Over these years, the GAC team of directors and actors has accumulated experience across borders. They continue to contribute their talents and experience to each new project and are presently developing a multi-national project that will draw from five continents. The cast of See You Yesterday has recently completed an educational tour in Cambodia, giving workshops to teachers-in-training interested in using GAC’s process of safely approaching an empathic understanding of painful histories and traumatic pasts.
ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. We are dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the arts and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them. Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard – the year the U.S. Census confirmed there was no single cultural majority in Boston – we committed to building a cultural institution that reflects the diversity of our city. We program a full season of performances, film and dialogue that invites each of us to engage in a more contemporary narrative of Boston as a truly global city. ArtsEmerson is led by Artistic Director, David Dower and Executive Director, David Howse. For more information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.