Part 1 - Finding Voice
First in the Great Leap at 40: The Gatherings series, Part 1 - Finding Voice' was the title of a Great Leap event held March 11, 2018 at Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. The event served to gather voices and community around the origins of the Great Leap organization.
Participants gathered in the temple's social hall, the same location where four decades ago Nobuko Miyamoto started a community dance class. On the same wood floors that gave ground to Nobuko's career pursuit weaving together art and activism, event participants gathered in a large circle to spend the afternoon re-living memorable performances and reminiscing about their impact and meaning on the Asian American identity movement.
Nobuko's Dance Class
Story Circle for Rev. Mas, Nobuko's Dance Class, and Kinnara Taiko
Warriors of the Rainbow
Story Circle for Warriors of the Rainbow
Chop Suey Medley
Story Circle for Chop Suey
After the event's final story circle, the ensemble performed a closing medley.
Event participants enjoyed a reception of Chinese food catered by Feast from the East, as well as a 40th anniversary cake.