ST. PAUL (Sept. 1, 2014) — Lazy Hmong Woman Productions and ThePeoplesCook in partnership with Intermedia Arts announces the premiere of Keeb Kwm/Stories of Our Life, Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Arlington Hills Library; Sept. 23 at the Hmong Elders Center; and September 26 on Hmong FM — KFAI.
Join us and watch Hmong elders share their stories, in their words through an original, live performance piece—complete with skits, music, riddles, and comedy.
Keeb Kwm is part of the Letters to Our Grandchildren project which engages Hmong elders in sharing their experiences through food, theater, and storytelling to give voice to the gifts they want to leave to the next generation. As Yang and Karimi point out, “When we first started on this adventure, we told the elders, “We want to create a space where you can tell your own stories.”
Working with Hmong Elders for over six months, theater makers and lead artists May Lee-Yang and Robert Karimi led Hmong elders from the Hmong Elders Center through a variety of theater games, physical exercises, and food storytelling experiences to get participants to create an original theater performance.
As May Lee-Yang writes “Hmong elders occupy a unique place; they are the first generation of Hmong to transition from Laos to the U.S. They carry with them the old ways even as they adjust to the American world. They all have unique stories to tell, but if we are not intentional about keeping them, all their knowledge, stories, rituals, and recipes will be lost.”
Lazy Hmong Woman Productions + ThePeoplesCook present Keeb Kwm/Stories of our Life at:
• Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. (Public) at Arlington Hills Library, 1200 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55130.
• Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. (Public) at the Hmong Elder Center, 1337 Rice St., St. Paul, 55117
• Sept. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Hmong FM — KFAI 90.3 (Minneapolis) and 106.7 FM (St. Paul).
All performances are free. Please call 336-612-3663 to reserve for Public Performances. Call 336-612-3663 for more information or email us at [email protected]
The PeoplesCook unites cross-cultural cooking and interdisciplinary art to promote well-being and make issues important to communities delicious through participatory arts activities.
Lazy Hmong Woman Productions’ aim is to create change by providing space and tools to nurture Hmong women’s and girls’ voices through storytelling and theater and increase and diversify the number of Hmong Minnesotans who access the arts.
The Letters To Our Grandchildren project is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Keeb Kwm: Stories of Our Life created “with support from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota”