AAP staff report
MINNEAPOLIS — TalkingImageConnection and The Soap Factory presents Resonating with “Resonating Bodies,” Friday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Soap Factory, 514 2nd Street SE Minneapolis.
This Talking Image Connection event is free and open to the public. It is a night with six talented and diverse artists who present music, poetry, dance, stories and theater.
Co-curated by Saymoukda Vongsay and Alison Morse in response to “Resonating Bodies,” a sculptural exploration of six artists, curated by Shannon Stratton, and currently on exhibit at the Soap Factory through Aug 11.
Talking Image Connection brings together writers, performers, contemporary art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. In conjunction with the Resonating with Resonating Bodies exhibit, the performers include John Colburn, Julian Hines, Julia Klatt Singer, Alicia Steele, Phasoua Vang, and Saymoukda Vongsay.
“For a little over 7 years, poet Alison Morse and her organization Talking Image Connection has connected emerging literary artists and visual artists with new audiences in galleries all over the Twin Cities,” Vongsay said.
“For the Resonating Bodies exhibit, Alison wanted to pump new blood into the series and she envisioned having not just poetry but dance, storytelling, song, and live music,” she added. “Can you imagine it? The Soap Factory is going to be one big free party. This upcoming show is a new exciting formula that TIC is trying on for size and I’m extremely excited to be a co-curator.”
Phasoua Vang is one half of the two-person play, “Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman,” written by May Lee Yang and a hit at the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Vang will perform excerpts of re-imagined traditional folktales to both honor the oral tradition of the Hmong culture and at the same time firmly plant them in the present and create new experiences that speak across generations and cultures.
When she is not acting, Vang may be found at a local library. Her other performances include roles in Revelations: Judgment Day, Viva Las Roots, Yos Hav Zoov, Hmoob-land and West Side on the South Side.
As part of the Mu Performing Arts 2013-2014 season, Saymoukda D. Vongsay will present segments of her play, “Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals”, which will premiere this October at Southern Theater in Minneapolis.
Vongsay is a Lao American poet and playwright who has received awards, fellowships, and scholarships for her work in the literary arts, theater, and public affairs. Her support has come from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Joyce Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Coalition for A.P.A. Community Development.
Vongsay currently serves on the Board of Directors for Intermedia Arts, The Saint Paul Almanac (literary), the Saint Paul Foundation’s Asian Pacific Endowment Fund (philanthropy), and the Dispute Resolution Center.
John Colburn is originally from Mantorville, Minn, and is currently editor and co-publisher of Spout Press. His book “Invisible Daughter” is available from firthFORTH books. His second book, “Psychedelic Norway”, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2013.
With his wife, Sarah Fox, Colburn tends The Center for Visionary Poetics in Minneapolis and he is also a member of the improvised music collective Astronaut Cooper’s Parade.
Julian Hines is a versatile dancer, choreographer and dance educator who fuses a variety of international dance forms with his base discipline, Hip-Hop. He first connected with dance by using movement to speak words he found difficult to express orally.
Hines performs, teaches and choreographs throughout his native Minnesota and abroad. He travels annually to Japan to collaborate with nationally acclaimed R-Project Studio’s Tatsuya Shida on work that unites their two countries through dance. This collaboration has led Julian to create his own curriculum, “Hip Hop English,” that teaches English through dance movement.
In the Twin Cities, Julian is a Principle Dancer in the Voice of Culture Drum & Dance (VOC) company, under the mentorship of artistic director Kenna Cottman. He has also performed with Ananya Chatterjea in one of her Contemporary Indian Dance works: Kartee is Riwa.
His own latest choreography has been performed with VOC at The Walker Arts Center’s 40th Annual Choreographers Evening. Hines hold workshops, conferences and master classes across Minnesota and has been teaching and coaching dance in Minneapolis’ south metro school districts since 2006.
Julia Klatt Singer writes short stories and poems, works as a visiting writer to the school through COMPAS, and is the poet in residence at Grace Neighborhood Nursery School. Her stories and poems have appeared in over four dozen journals and magazines, including the St. Paul Almanac, The Opposite of Cold, Open to Interpretation and Poetry East.
Klatt is author of A Tangled Path to Heaven, June 2013, North Star Press, co-author of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul, Coffee House Press, and has a chapbook, In the Dreamed of Places, available through Naissance Press. She has co-written six songs with composer Tim Tekach, four of which were commissioned by the American Composers Forum. Ms. Singer lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After a seven-year break from theater and vocal performance, Alicia Steele reclaimed her love for the stage by joining Minneapolis-based rap group, Kanser, releasing Kanser: Two For One in 2010. In 2011 Alicia Steele & The Endeavors formed, releasing The Foreplay Sessions, a short R&B project releasing stems, studio sessions, and live performances from the band. Inspired by reverb, sequencing, community, and living a multifaceted life, Alicia is working on a sci-fi novel, writing feminist erotica, contributing to Minneapolis-based magazines, and making music.
For more information visit www.soapfactory.org.