The Red Altar Project: Stories of Immigration, Migrations and Journeys – is a visual and performance art celebration of our stories towards a diverse society. This project welcomes not only Americans who are from an immigrant status, not just People of Color, but all peoples who have taken challenging journeys and risks against racism, hatred and ignorance. Through the triumph of their survival and the endeavors of their communities they have woven a stronger social fabric for us all. We believe that art created from this context will transform and enlighten all!
RED ALTAR: MULTI-MEDIA STORYTELLING THEATER (Sat. MAY 23 9:00 pm & Sun. May 24 2:30 pm)
1850. A Chinese junk boat crashes into the Carmel Bay. Six teenagers are flung overboard and are rescued by Rumsean-Esselen natives.
With today’s rallying cries against immigrants, Red Altar, written and performed by award-winning storytellers Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, demonstrates and celebrates the contributions of three generations and three fishing villages of Chinese immigrants who start the fishing industry in the Monterey Bay area despite anti-Chinese violence, both legal and illegal.
With cries of ‘Chinese must go!’ , media propaganda with racist caricatures, legal discrimination laws, and “ethnic cleansing”, these courageous ancestors persevered until seven generations later, their story is being told.
Bringing those times alive through the exciting art of Eth-Noh-Tec’s storytelling movement and music theater, it is augmented by multi-media designed by video/ image artists Olivia Ting and Don Nguyen.
The Gallery of Immigratitude, a photo exhibit in the lobby and a panel discussion of issues and challenges surrounding immigration will round out this important production that helps to elucidate that America has always been and still is a diverse immigrant country of rich heritages.