Created, Produced, and Performed by ARKAI (Philip Sheegog and Jonathan Miron)
July 2021 / Notes from the composer
In light of the recent rise in AAPI hate crimes, we sought to write a piece that would bring solace and healing into the world.
The piece is structured in three parts, opening with a scene of isolation, emptiness, and confusion. It questions the tragic violence and yearns for belonging.
The second section transforms in a resurgence of spirit and steadfast resolve to be. We rediscover the motions and emotions of daily life – enduring resilience, jubilant dances, and proud dignity.
The third section emerges with a newfound radiance, illuminated through communal healing and understanding. There is collective care, hope, and an assurance that everything will be alright.
This musical cycle is a representation of life’s journey in its many forms. Through every challenge, what sustains our humanity is the love and compassion that we give to each other.
Live Performance Schedule
3:00 PM EST, Saturday, November 20
3:00 PM EST, Saturday, December 11
YOU ARE SAFE
A new dance by Jessica Chen
Commissioned by the Museum of Chinese in America for the exhibition Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism, 2021
‘“You Are Safe” is a response to the current escalation in xenophobia and bigotry targeting Asian-Americans. In 2020, hate crimes involving AAPI victims soared in NYC. This work will immerse audiences in the uplifting voice of collective Asian-American resilience, by using the power of the body to offer a transcendental expression of our collective humanity. By generating awareness, amplifying stories that go unheard, and transforming painful experiences into something beautiful and powerful, we can take steps towards healing. That process begins with telling our own stories ourselves and ensuring that others hear them too.’ – Jessica Chen
Sound Score Composed by Tony Yang
Costumes Designed by Lui Konno
Hayoung Roh, Rafael Sanchez, Xiang Xu, Sumire Ishige,
Fang-Ting Yeh, Chieh Hsiung, Carl Ponce Cubero