Photo Credit: Shealyn Jae Photography
A 2-D world jumped into 3-D as the narrator subtly started including we members of the audience in her attempts to summon a supernatural response. The greater her communication with the ancestors the greater our participation, until the role seemed to belong solely to us, landing me on a pillow, on set, before the show’s end, and it was an unexpectedly pleasant thing to experience the story rather than watching it.
Stop reading this damn review and go see this original play! Go to support a new theater company created to celebrate AAPI voices. Go see Tornkid if you are or know a “Tornkid” living here in America. Tornkid is a devised work created to show the world what it feels like to be torn between two worlds. People who are “caught between worlds without a voice.” Tornkid is a creative use of materials, storytelling and audience interaction. The performances were energetic, the tech colorful, the costumes vibrant and the story real. Tornkid had heart and soul ya’ll!
Tornkid explores issues of duality and identity, particularly in relation to the experience of first-generation Americans. The children of immigrants face challenges and worries unique to their situation. If they fully embrace American culture, are they betraying their heritage? Will they always be that weird ethnic kid with the smelly lunch and unfamiliar clothes or accent? Are they bad if they just want to fit in at school? The beautiful message of Tornkid is that they don’t have to choose; they don’t have to abandon one culture in favor of another. They can embrace both and know that they are enough just as they are, whatever the ingredients are that make them them.
The Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC) is dedicated to empowering and advocating for AAPI artists by providing a platform to create and showcase art that reflects our lives and experiences.
BAPAC is a sponsored program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc.