May 20/21: Voicebox Kimi Maeda

Performance + Workshop

This past summer, we had the awesome pleasure of witnessing Kimi Maeda perform “Bend” at the Alternate ROOTS Annual Meeting in Asheville. The singular performance threads together recorded video with live sand drawing in a transformational exploration of her father’s experience in the Japanese American internment camps during WWII.

We’re super excited that Kimi will be coming to New Orleans May 20-21 for the final Voicebox workshop of our 2015/16 season and to share two performances of “Bend!”

You can get tickets now and sign up for the workshop at

Workshop “Exploring Impermanence: The Art of Storytelling in Sand”

This sand drawing workshop is based on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, getting people to re-imagine power relationships and visualize a utopian version of their community. The impermanence of the drawings allows students to make mistakes and take risks while underlining the possibility of transformation.

Saturday, May 21 1-5pm
Catapult:  609 St. Ferdinand St. New Orleans, LA 70117
Price: $25, register at

Performance “Bend”

Kimi Maeda’s solo performance, “Bend,” tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda’s father, an Asian Art historian who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi, a half-Japanese-half-American sculptor. Weaving together live feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940s, Maeda’s performance poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered.

Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 8:30pm
Catapult:  609 St. Ferdinand St. New Orleans, LA 70117
Price: $25, tickets at

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NEW NOISE is a theater ensemble from New Orleans, LA.

Since 2008, we have been creating visually-intense, physically-demanding, original performances