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International collaboration by Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, premiering at La MaMa ETC in May 2012.

Dear Friends,

In April, 2011, I completed 6 Seconds in Ramallah in Palestine, a project that involved fifteen artists from Japan and the US, who traveled over several borders to Ramallah, to collaborate with Palestinian Dance Troupe El-Funoun.  After returning home, the collaborators all felt tremendous excitement and thrill, having made something that was more than a preconceived notion of theater or dance work.

Since then, this project Love Story, Palestine has become a theater work framed by barbed wire.  I am assembling a mosaic of segments whose contents pertain to pain. 

As you may know, travel for Palestinians can be quite compromised.  The issue is politically and emotionally charged for many institutions and individuals.The process of bringing Palestinian artists to New York for this production has been challenging.  Because of the extreme difficulty in getting work visas for the artists, our production in May will be free to the public.

In order to succeed with this production, we need your financial support...

I believe in this project with all my heart.  The production might be able to offer an important message about the reality in Palestine.  I am “campaigning” for your support, and hope that you will donate to the project.

-Yoshiko Chuma

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Love Story, Palestine

Concept, Design, and Choreography by Yoshiko Chuma

May 9-12, 2012

La MaMa ETC: La MaMa Moves! Festival

Featuring members of Palestinian Dance Troupe El-Funoun from Ramallah

In association with ROOT CULTURE in Kamakura, Japan.

Dance by Miriam Parker, Saori Tsukada, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Sari Husseini, Anas Abu Oun and Yoshiko Chuma

Music by Sizzle Ohtaka, Aska Kaneko with Robert Black

Photography by Robert Flynt

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    PATRON SAINT - Since the 1990s, SOHK has been actively collaborating with artists in regions with complex political histories like Sarajevo, Albania, Romania, and most recently Palestine . Your donation allows The School of Hard Knocks to carry out international projects like these, by covering administrative costs. These important projects require endless communication and detailed planning. In addition to our the above rewards, plus a private performance of "The Living Room Project" in your own home by members of The School of Hard Knocks. THANK YOU!

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