May 10 & 11, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Wichita Center for Performing Arts
9112 E. Central Ave. Wichita, KS
Choreographer and Artistic Director Regina Klenjoski explores the urgent, nationally relevant topic of immigration through a personal lens. “Far From Home” springs from the odyssey of Klenjoski’s parents. They left a small village in their native Macedonia 50 years ago to escape old-world customs and seek a better life in Vienna, Austria. Soon after, dreaming the American Dream, they immigrated to America with a suitcase in one hand and their infant daughter in another. They lost deep ties to family, the Orthodox Church, and their cultural history and traditions. They gained a chance to build a new life. Was the difficulty and promise of leaving one home and making peace with another worth it?
“Far From Home” weaves poetry, movement, film and an original score by Macedonian composer Toni Kitanovski into an evening of powerfully emotive dance theatre. The Wichita premiere of a family’s journey of assimilation, cultural identity, and hope marks RKDC’s first evening length work since relocating to Wichita from Los Angeles in 2014. The evening features a mini-documentary of local immigration stories filmed during RKDC's Poetry and Movement workshops that took place this past February.
Get lost in the beauty that is DANCE as RKDC celebrates 20 years of inventive choreography, fierce athleticism and compelling storytelling.
Choreography: Regina Klenjoski
Original Music: Toni Kitanovski
Film: Jake Simms and Logan McNay
Performers: Max Mayerle, Brennon Madrid, Makayla Williams, Nadia Khalidi, Sarah Frangenberg
Live Music: Trever Stuart
THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS PERFORMANCE A REALITY!
This performance is generously supported by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Facility space is generously sponsored by Wichita State University Dance Department.