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International Human Rights Arts Festival

About This Show

In case you missed it the first time around, a reprise of Jessica Chen of J CHEN PROJECT’s four commissioned choreographers for the 2017 International Human Rights Arts Festival.

"Dance can help translate unspoken fears and emotions... the nuances of a leg held up, a body launched into space and a gesture of yearning is immensely powerful. For this festival, we will use movement and choreography to enhance the conversation about critical issues related to human rights." - Jessica Chen


Tom Tsai
In his dance works, Tom Tsai exhibits creative, athletic movement, considers themes of identity construction and authentic representation, and fosters audience connection and empathy through personal, poignant performance. Tom sources from his training in Breaking, Modern and Postmodern dance, his multicultural Taiwanese-American background, and incorporates text to reframe, question and investigate the subjectivity of perspective and meaning.

Karla Garcia (Swing on Hamilton Broadway)

Being a Filipino-American, I am constantly inspired by the beauty of diversity in this country. Expressing this celebration and excitement through movement is what I hope to share through this piece!


Heather Robles (Managing Director for The Bessies Awards)

I am not a canvass. I am not clay. I am not a performance. I am not property. I am not a sin.

Earlier Event: February 6
Orange County School of the Arts Residency
Later Event: April 27
The Art of Triumph