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CALS Children's Library Hosts Dance Performance Commemorating Japanese American Internment

a scene from Gaman

Although the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is sometimes perceived as a dark part of history, creative people have been inspired to shine light on this topic through artistry. The Butler Center will present a lecture and demonstration of Gaman, a dance by the CORE Performance Company inspired by Japanese American internment, at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th St., on Thursday, November 12, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. This event is for all ages, free, and open to the public. It is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas.

Gaman is a richly-layered performance of contemporary dance, art, and music, filled with themes of challenge and courage, sorrow and joy, and confinement and liberation. A preview of this performance may be viewed online at The CORE Performance Company has been creating and performing innovative contemporary dance since 1980. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, CORE creates intimate and original work that evolves through collaboration with artists from different media. CORE has been internationally acclaimed for its work in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, and the Republic of Georgia.

State educators may be able to receive professional development credit at this event. For more information about professional development, contact George West, the Butler Center's education coordinator, at 501-320-5713. For information about the event, please contact 501-918-3033.

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