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FORMOSA Solo Show – Official Selection of Downtown Urban Theater Festival

Moving Earth Productions is proud to present Kelly’s solo show “Formosa” as an official selection of the 12th Annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NYC. “Formosa” will be presented in a double bill with Martyna Majok’s “Woman at the Well” on Friday, April 11, 2014 at HERE, 145 6th Ave., New York, NY, 8:30 PM. For tickets and information, visit: http://www.here.org.

“Formosa” will also be presented by Rising Circle Theater Collective at Chain Theatre in Long Island City, NY on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00 PM. RSVP for limited seating, contact info@risingcircle.org.

FORMOSA is a surrealistic romp through beauty, body, culture, and Barbie. Created and performed by spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, the solo show combines spoken word, movement, multimedia, and fictional characters, jumping into Tsai’s imaginary encounters with a Taiwanese factory worker who makes the dolls, an 8-year old Chinese adoptee girl who loves the dolls, and a Nicki Minaj-wannabe Asian American female hip hop MC who just might be turning into a doll. More info, click here.

The creation of “Formosa” was supported, in part, through a commission from New York Live Arts’ Studio Series program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Jerome Foundation, Asian Women’s Giving Circle, and with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

World Premiere of #SELFCENTERED 360 Degree Interactive Spoken Word Video

Moving Earth Productions is proud to premiere #SelfCentered, a 360 degree interactive spoken word video project. Tweet us at @yellowgurlpoet #SelfCentered and let us know, “What would YOU do if you were the center of everything for a day?” To view click below or click here for more info on the project.

Kelly performs at TYRA BANKS’ FLAWSOME BALL hosted by Drake

On October 18, 2012, Kelly was honored to be commissioned and featured as a guest performer for Tyra Banks’ Flawsome Ball hosted by Drake raising funds for the Lower East Side Girls’ Club T-Zone program. For more info on the Flawsome Ball, visit http://www.flawsomeball.org.

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With Tyra Banks

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With the youth poets of Lower East Side Girls’ Club

Kelly’s play “SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO” opens at HERE Arts Center in NYC

Join us in NYC for SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO’s 6-show premiere run (Wed. Sept. 12-Sun. Sept. 16) during Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival!

For tickets and information: http://www.here.org/shows/detail/1014/”>http://www.here.org/shows/detail/1014/.

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6 PERFORMANCES ONLY (Wed. 9/12-Sat. 9/16). All Performances at HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick St.), NYC.(C/E- Spring, 1-Houston, N/R-Prince).

$18 General / $15 Students. Use discount code: FESTIVAL for $15 tickets.

WED. 9/12: 7 pm sharp
THURS. 9/13: 7 pm sharp + Audience Talk-Back w/ Cast & Moderator: Dan Balcazo (NYU, Peeling)
FRI. 9/14: 7 pm sharp + Audience Talk-Back w/ Cast & Nico Daswani (Asian Am. Arts Alliance) Moderator: playwright & screenwriter Kia Corthron (The Wire, Light Raise the Roof) – SOLD OUT
SAT. 9/15: 2 pm sharp
SAT. 9/15: 7 pm sharp – SOLD OUT
SUN. 9/16: 2 pm sharp + Audience Talk-Back w/ Cast & Moderator: Kamilah Forbes (Hip Hop Theater Festival, HBO Def Poetry) – SOLD OUT

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What connects a Catholic burlesque dancer who survived the Twin Towers, a Buddhist Iraq war veteran and hip hop emcee who returns home, and a Muslim librarian whose family suffers detention and interrogation?

An evening-length spoken-word poetry theater project written by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (500 performances worldwide including the White House & three seasons of the award-winning Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry), Say You Heard My Echo explores the lives of three fictional Asian American women in New York City a decade after 9/11. With choral poems, prayers, activist folk songs, and raps, the play weaves together the characters’ struggles with survivorship and faith and their intimate relationships with Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha.

Performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, YaliniDream, and Adeeba Rana with stage direction by Jesse Jou.

Costumes: Valérie Thérèse Bart / Lighting: Alan Edwards / Set: Chien-Yu Peng / Sound: Mike Skinner / Producers: Nancy Kim, Ying Le / Associate Producer: Rising Circle Theater Collective / Stage Management: John Nehlich / Associate Director: Devin Brain

The creation of “Say You Heard My Echo” was supported, in part, through a commission for Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai from Asian American Arts Alliance with major support from Asian Women’s Giving Circle and additional support from Flushing Council on the Arts and New York University’s A / P / A Institute. Presented by Moving Earth Productions in association with Rising Circle Theater Collective.

This production is a part of HEREstay, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

“FORMOSA” solo show selected as 2x ASIAN WOMEN GIVING CIRCLE AWARDEE

Moving Earth Productions LLC is proud to announce that Kelly’s solo show “Formosa” (Directed by Jesse Y. Jou, Choreographed by Jessica Chen, Produced by Chie Morita) is an award recipient of Asian Women Giving Circle in 2012. The project was selected as 1 of 9 projects to be supported by AWGC which is a donor-sponsored fund affiliated with the Ms. Foundation.

For more info on Asian Women Giving Circle, visit http://www.asianwomengivingcircle.org/.

For more info on Kelly’s solo show “Formosa,” click here.

Kelly invited by the Ford Foundation to perform at the WHITE HOUSE

Moving Earth Productions is proud to announce that Kelly was invited by the Ford Foundation as an artist presenter for the White House Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative Philanthropic Briefing on April 2, 2012.

The convening at the White House was a strategy session for top leaders in the philanthropic, public, and not-for-profit sectors to increase the effectiveness of philanthropic efforts towards the AAPI community, which currently only receives .5% of all national philanthropic dollars despite being 4.4% of the American population.

Kelly was proud to share the stage on this historic day with slam poet Kealoha from Honolulu and bhangra funk band Red Baraat from Brooklyn. For Kelly’s reflections on her White House experience, check out her blog here:

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Kelly’s solo show “FORMOSA” selected for ARS NOVA ANTFEST

Kelly’s choreo solo show “Formosa” has been selected for 2012 ANTFest produced by Ars Nova – “NYC’s premier hub for new talent.” For more info on Ars Nova, visit here/. For more info on “Formosa,” click here. The presentation will take place on June 12, 2012, 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10.

The creation of “Formosa” was supported, in part, through a commission from New York Live Arts’ Studio Series program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Jerome Foundation and with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Kelly’s NEW SPOKEN WORD VIDEO: “Love is Easy…Relationships are Hard.”

Moving Earth Productions is very excited to announce Kelly’s directorial debut with her video “Love is Easy…Relationships are Hard,” launched on Valentine’s Day 2012.

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Kelly’s play “SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO” selected for RISING CIRCLE THEATER’s INKtank & PlayRISE Festival

Moving Earth Productions is proud to announce that Kelly’s ensemble spoken word poetry theater project, “Say You Heard My Echo,” has been selected for Rising Circle Theater Collective’s inkTANK Playwrights Lab and PlayRISE Festival alongside projects by playwrights Raquel Almazan, Matthew Paul Olmos, and Susan Soon He Stanton.

The intensive 12 week playwrights lab will culminate in the PlayRISE Festival in June 2012 that will feature all of the playwrights’ full-length works. “Say You Heard My Echo” is a spoken word theater project dealing with Asian Pacific Islander American women in NYC 10 years after 9/11 grappling with ideas of the sacred, that will premiere for Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival in NYC in September 2012. For more info on Rising Circle Theater Collective, click here. For more info on “Say You Heard My Echo,” click here.

Kelly’s solo show “FORMOSA” recipient of LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL Fund for Creative Communities

Moving Earth Productions is very pleased to announce that Kelly’s spoken word dance solo show exploring ideas of global economy, beauty myth, and plastic surgery as related to the history of Barbie doll manufacturing in Taiwan has been selected as a recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Fund for Creative Communities Award. This will support the continued development of the project with her collaborators as it moves towards full production in 2013. For more info on “Formosa,” click here.