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.