Axis 5: Decolonizing Nature

Building Community Care (2020-Present)

KYOUNG’S PACIFIC BEAT’S
“Community Cares”

Saturday, July 10th | 3pm-5pm | FREE
Albee Square [551 Fulton St, off Nevins – 2,3,4,5 or DeKalb – B,Q,R]

What does Community Safety look like to You?

Join Black, Latinx and Asian American performers, healing artists, and local community members to engage in joyful non-Western artistic expressions, restorative exercises, and our community-driven mutual aid drive.

Inspired by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s ongoing community-based conversations, Whiteness on Fire,” our theater company is hosting its first, live event since the theater shutdown in March 2020.

In partnership with GAPIMNY – Empowering Queer and Trans APIs, The Exponential Festival, and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, KPB invites its community members to gather in Downtown Brooklyn’s Albee Square to examine: “What does Community Safety look like to You?”

In addition to cultural programming, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat will lead a mutual aid drive to provide pre-packaged food and goods for local community members. Sign-up to volunteer or donate food here.

For questions regarding our events, please feel free to contact Ishmael Thaahir, Associate Artistic Producer at ishmael@kyoungspacificbeat.org

Graphic Design by Jonathan Gibson

FEATURED ARTISTS

Salomé Egas
Salomé Egas

Salomé Egas is a proudly Ecuadorian mestiza performer and powerhouse who is permanently questioning her identity through dance, theater and film. Her works focus on racial justice, immigration, femme empowerment, radical self-love and queerness; and are always looking for new avenues to liberate and indigenize the body, mind and soul. She is the founder of F.U.N. Theater Collective and has performed nationally and internationally in venues and festivals across the Americas. Recently, Salomé played PACHAMAMA at HAUS of DUST, an immersive theatrical experience. IG:@salomeegas

Cristina Pitter
Cristina Pitter

Cristina Pitter (they/she) is a queer afro-latine fat babe artist who wants to burn it all down and plant new seeds in the fertile soil. Founder of The Ashe Collective – an ancestral storytelling and community outreach group, Community Director of Pipeline Theatre Company, and company member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She also has the best laugh ever, SERIOUSLY. You may have seen her work at JACK, Target Margin Theatre, Abrons Art Center, The Metropolitan Opera, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mabou Mines, 59E59, Ars Nova, New Ohio Theatre, Joe’s Pub, The Tank, or three separate but specific bathtubs. You can follow her other antics at cristinapitter.com, including her solo show, “decolonizing my vagina” and as Mistress Lola on Netflix’s Bonding.

How do we find our voice and presence through collective healing? In a time of public trauma, how do we attain grounding in our bodies in space?

Join us Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 from 7:30pm-9:30pm for “Community Care Healing.”

“Community Care Healing” is a virtual healing session centering vibrational healing, somatic body work, and somatic vocal work, designed to address the mental health care needs of Black, Asian, and artists of color working in New York City’s Indie theater community. Curated by Kyoung H. Park, this free, 90 minute, online Zoom session will be followed by an optional 30 minute conversation to reflect upon the healing work practiced together.

“Community Care Healing” is collaboratively led by Amy Lam PhD (writer/performer), Margherita Tisato (dancer) and Anastasia Marie (vocal coach). Registered participants are asked to connect to this Zoom session in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed, and have access to 6 ft. X 6 ft. of moving space, an open window and a clear glass bowl of water.

Please note that this session of interdisciplinary, healing arts will be recorded and edited, so that each segment of this evening can be viewed online, providing continuous access to 20-30 minute, interactive healing sessions that can be repeated at home. For questions regarding our events, please feel free to contact us at kpbevents2011@gmail.com

“Community Care Healing” is funded by the Hans, Renate and Maria Hofmann Trust

HEALING ARTISTS

Anastasia Marie
Anastasia Marie

Anastasia Marie (she/her, African-American): Born and raised in Memphis, TN, my story begins in the rich musical history of that city. When I left home, I pursued a diverse education in conservation biology, animal studies, environmental studies, and music. I participated in various spiritual communities, including the Shambala Center, Wicca, Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman, and the Native American church. Eventually, I built a career in music and education. I perform with Asheville Symphony and as the regular featured musician for the Asheville Storytelling GrandSlam and the Moth Radio Hour. Before long, I studied several modalities in voice training, including Estill Voice and the McClosky technique. Currently, I am training in Alexander Technique. My memberships include the National Association for Teachers of Singing, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Voice Foundation, and the Association for Body Mapping Education. I hold degrees from the University of Vermont and the UNC School of the Arts. I live on the ceded land of the Cherokee in Asheville, NC with my loving husband and our two dogs.

Amy Lam
Amy Lam

Amy Lam (she/they, Chinese American) is a Canadian Chinese American genderqueer healer/coach/writer/community advocate living on unceded land of the Ramaytush Ohlone in San Francisco, California. For 20 years, Amy has explored health, healing and transformation through the lens of an Asian-in-diaspora. Utilizing research, interethnic community-building, energy healing and art, Amy experiments with blending Eastern and Western concepts of health, community engagement and spirituality to seek creative solutions for personal- collective-intergenerational healing with modern diasporic communities. Amy is the Founder of Vibrational Energy Coaching & Healing, a healing method that is rooted in Taoist principles. As an artist, Amy has developed devised performances and community engaged art practices to elevate voices of immigrant and refugee communities in the Bay Area. Amy is currently working on her first musical which has received support from the SF Arts Commission and Theater Bay Area. Amy holds an MA in Counseling Psychology (UCSB), PhD in Cultural Psychology (UC Davis) and training certificates with American Conservatory Theater, Bioenergy Balancing and VortexHealing. She grew up in NY con un corazón latino and speaks conversational Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Margherita Tisato
Margherita Tisato

Margherita Tisato (she/her, Italian-American): I see myself as a movement practitioner and a seeker of somatic wisdom and integration. My mission in sharing information and experiences with others is to soften the dichotomy between body and mind, to investigate visceral sensations in order to create emotional resilience, through the main mediums of embodiment, curiosity and dialogue. I facilitate a range of movement experiences spanning from Trauma Informed yoga and somatic movement to dance, Butoh and body suspension; my educational offerings include experiential workshops in anatomy, pain science, embodiment and trauma theory. I draw from decades of studies in dance, Butoh, yoga, somatic and developmental movement, meditation, anatomy and kinesiology, shibari and flesh hook suspension, and my offerings are informed by all my practices and interests, including seemingly less embodied practices such as poetry, metaphors, neuroscience and music. I am also a performer whose work aims at letting audiences into my process through shared intentions and vulnerability, often in intimate settings where the journey through emotions and heightened senses takes the foreground over mastery.

How do we hold each other in this moment? How are we building collective resilience and reflection? What can we imagine and desire for our collective well being and survival?

Join us Monday, May 4th, 2020 from 6pm-8pm for “Building Community Care Platforms for the Indie Theater Community.” Our goal is to catalyze a community-wide conversation to establish the platform(s) necessary to foster local mutual aid, advocacy and support for the New York City Indie Theater community.

This free, two-hour online session will be co-facilitated by Cara Page (Founder & Lead Organizer/curator of the Changing Frequencies), Kyoung H. Park (Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat / The Indie Theater Fund Board Member), and guest speakers Amy G. Lam, PhD (Founder, Vibrational Energy Coaching & Healing, San Francisco, CA) and Christopher D. Sims (community leader, art-activist, Rockford, IL). This interactive chat will center the needs of individual artists and indie venues and will be rooted in healing justice work. We’ll provide self-care and community care resources and facilitate break-out groups to pod map our communities to address rising issues in our Indie Theater community.

Following a city-wide shutdown of all public assembly, indie theaters have suspended their programming and thousands of theater artists have been left with no employment or sources of income. Displaced from our places of creation and congregation, how do we build the networks of care we need to remain resilient, healthy, and imaginative? How do we remain grounded in reality and observe change manifest in this present moment?

Join us next Monday, Mar. 23rd, 2020 from 7:00pm-8:30pm for “Building Community Care Strategies for the Indie Theater Community.” During this free, 90 minute online session, Cara Page, Founder & Lead Organizer/curator of the Changing Frequencies Project, and Erica Woodland, founder of the National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network, will provide participants with community-care frameworks, strategies and resources to New York City’s indie theater community in the midst of COVID-19’s global pandemic, centering Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer and Trans experiences.