Sumathy Sivamohan holds a doctorate from the Washington State University. A senior lecturer in English at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, she has published and presented on postcolonial literature and theory, women’s movements in Sri Lanka, and performing arts (theatre and film). Sumathy has written and directed numerous plays, and in addition to performing throughout Sri Lanka, she has performed widely in international locations including New York, London, Philadelphia, and Melbourne. A member of the Drama Panel of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka, she also belongs to its Performing Arts Society. Her first feature film, Here and Now (in progress) has received an honorable mention grant from the U.S.-based Global Film Initiative. Most recently, Sumathy Sivamohan won the prestigious Premchand Fellowship 2011 from the National Academy of Letters in India.
YaliniDream conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance-- reshaping reality and seeking peace through justice in the lands of earth, psyche, soul, and dream. One of the South Asian diaspora’s most prominent performance poets, YaliniDream has toured nationally at hundreds of spaces throughout the U.S. as well as Europe & South Asia. Her work has been performed at theater venues such as NYC's Lincoln Center and New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), Manchester’s Contact Theater, Houston’s Diverse Works, Chicago’s Vittum Theater, Austin’s Hyde Park Theater; poetry venues such as NYC’s Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Minneapolis’s The Loft, London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and universities such as Yale (USA), University of Manchester (UK), Loyola College (India), and University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka) She has facilitated workshops for war-affected communities in Sri Lankan refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India as well as war-affected communities in Mannar, Vavuniya & Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. In addition, she has worked with survivors of violence from multiple communities including Cambodian-American & communities of African descent in the U.S. She holds a BA in Plan II Honors and another in Theater with a concentration in Acting & Directing from the University of Texas, Austin. YaliniDream is also a trained aerial dancer in corde lisse who loves to fly—challenging notions of the seemingly impossible.
Dr. Sivamohan and YaliniDream will be joined by artist Jendong Lonewolf for tonight's performance.
Jendog Lonewolf is a Hip Hop MC/lyricist and photographer, mixed with Blackfoot, Cherokee, and the Grand Cayman Islands. Born & bred in pre-hipster/pre-gentrified Bushwick, Brooklyn, she delivers hard-hitting, factual rhymes loaded with veracity, telling stories of how she lives, loves, and sees. A Self-proclaimed Ghetto Ambassador, Jendog navigates multiple spaces delivering messages of Love, Life and Self-defense through her sharp, layered lyricism and organic photography.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting; remember, attendance is mandatory. In advance of Wednesday's performance, please enjoy the following:
Who's Got Us video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W0Oetr-qOo
MYaliniDream website: www.yalinidream.com
Work +aerial dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At7CZcTMWik
Jendog Lonewolf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEdLLkzJZmc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdiPWd_GTJU