‘Nursing These Wounds’ returns to shed light on colonization’s impact on Filipinx nurses
Missed watching Kularts’ site-specific, immersive dance performance “Nursing These Wounds” when it premiered in October 2022? You’re in luck because the San Francisco-based contemporary and tribal Filipino arts presenter is bringing it back this September and October.
Directed and choreographed by SF Legacy Artist Awardee Alleluia Panis, “Nursing These Wounds” investigates the impact of colonization on health and caregiving through the lens of Filipinx nurses’ history.
Panis asserts that Filipinx nurses’ experiences with Westernized medical education and their subsequent migrations laid the groundwork for global labor export and created a fissure between traditional forms of knowledge and our conceptions of well-being.
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You can catch it at the ODC Theater from Sept. 22 to 24, with two schedules hosting post-show discussions. On Sept. 22, Panis will sit down with California State University San Marcos ethnic studies director Jason Magabo Perez, PhD. On Sept. 24, Joyce Lu, PhD will moderate a panel consisting of composer Joshua Icban, dance artist Frances Teves Sedayao and Jo ‘love/speak’ Cruz of Love/Speak Productions.
Marking its first anniversary, it will also make its return on the Brava Cabaret stage from Oct. 21 to 30.
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“Healing for this work is a metaphor for our own healing as a culture, as a people who had been colonized for over 400 years,” explains Panis in a recent interview with 48 Hills. “By creating this work I hope that I have uplifted the voices of nurses and how they have contributed to society, and that uplifts our own understanding and value of us and our stories, our human experience.”
Will you be grabbing tickets for the show?