Performing Asia: Life Interrupted

Courtesy of Core Dance

Life Interrupted is a richly-layered, full-length work of contemporary dance, art, and music that draws from the experiences of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned on American soil during World War II. While rooted in this specific story, the work ultimately creates a universal experience from historical events. The story has a deep resonance for what is happening today across the globe with post-war emigration, and the xenophobia that erupts in response.

There will be an additional performance on February 17, 2017.

For the ongoing discussion on the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and Japanese American internment, please attend our other February program, The Legacy of Japanese American Internment and Muslim American Discrimination Today.


7:00 pm | Conversation with the artists
8:00 pm | Performance

Related Links

Internment camps at heart of 'Life Interrupted'. Houston Chronicle. February 15, 2017.

Internment Camps Take the Stage in Houston, and We Wish It Were Just a History Lesson. Texas Observer. February 15, 2017.

Social Change Begins by Remembering the Past in Houston Dance Piece. Houston Press. February 10, 2017.

Art as Empathy, History Lesson with CORE. The Dance Dish. February 6, 2017.

Honor U.S citizens of Japanese descent at the WWII-inspired dance theater performance, Life Interrupted. 365 Things to Do in Houston. February 5, 2017.

About Core Dance

Celebrating its 36th season, Core Dance, an award-winning contemporary dance organization, creates, performs, and presents compelling and distinctive original dance that ignites the creative spirit and fosters cultural conversations. For over three decades, Core Dance has initiated and supported innovation, collaboration, artistic risk-taking, and sustainable art making in dance.

Core Dance was co-founded in 1980 in Houston, Texas by Sue Schroeder and Kathy Russell. Five years later, the organization added Atlanta, Georgia as a second home base, and now cultivates dance awareness and education in both cities, as well as throughout the country and around the world. Core Performance Company is organized around three initiatives: Core Performs, Core Presents and Core Connects. Core Performance Company, the professional dance company of Core Dance, is internationally recognized for the physical and emotional range of its dance artists, as well as its innovative and compelling work. Visit Core Dance's official website for more information.

Bank of America is presenting sponsor of Performing Arts & Culture programs. Generous funding also provided by AARP, Nancy C. Allen, CNOOC-NEXEN, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, The Clayton Fund, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, and Mickey Rosenau & Dr. Ellen Gritz. Funding is also provided from Friends of Performing Arts & Culture at Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming to Houston. This performance is presented in collaboration with Core Dance.

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of America

Program Sponsors

City of HoustonHouston Arts Alliance

Presenting Partner

Event Details

Sat 18 Feb 2017
7 - 9 p.m.
1370 Southmore Blvd Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
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