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June 4, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

Episode 186, “Mis/representing Our Roots: Three Looks at Poetic Expression”

 (hosted by Tali Ariav with production assistance of Chris Hartig, Marlon Molinos, and Robert Wang) was recorded April-May 2014 and aired 5/23/14.  
This episode focuses on the theme of cultural misrepresentation and our identity—how it changes over time; how we can reach back into history and change the meaning of the past to make a political statement about our present and future.
The first program guest is Arielle Taitano Lowe,  a student at the University of Guam, majoring in Chamoru Studies and English Literature with a minor in Sociology.  Arielle is passionate about writing short prose and performing slam poetry.  Since August 2011, she has been training as a youth poet with the Sinangan-ta Youth Movement, Guam’s Official Spoken Word Arts Organization.  
She talks about her approach to poetry and to revealing the misrepresentation of important aspects of Chamoru culture and the decline in authenticity as the culture is presented and passed on to successive generations.  Arielle also performs  her spoken word poem: “Trongkon Nunu (Banyan Tree)” that was written for SYM’s annual competition.  This  poem was inspired by her love for learning the Chamoru language and desire to use her voice in order to resist colonization.  She also performs the poem “Dance.” 
The second guest is Dr. David Garcia-Ramos, a visiting theatre practitioner,  playwright and professor of philosophy and theatre at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain.  David’s work often addresses sacred themes and pushes theatre beyond the confines of old-world traditions. By representing the past in a different manner, he evokes political statements about ideas that might otherwise be considered “sacred cows,” and blindly accepted as truth by the people who grew up in a culture steeped in these same ideas.
A reading of David’s play “Un Balde de Agua,” or “Bucket of Water,” is included in his interview. Translated from its original Spanish to English through a collaboration of the author and Tali Ariav, “Un Balde de Agua” is dramatically read by Michelle Blas and Richard Stump.
The third guest is Jim Holmes, a visiting scholar and actor from Hollywood, California who traveled to Guam to critically review the play “Pågat” for possible inclusion in the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival.  Jim is the Region 8 National Playwriting Chairman for the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival. In addition to this role, he is a professional theatrical, film and television actor, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.  Jim discusses his approach to the craft of acting and directing in film and theatre, including the ways Hollywood productions differ from other forms of artistic expression—to include the different ways of representation of its stories and tales for entertainment and profit.

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