As Friends and Shared Bread With WordsUncaged and Dimitri Chamblas
Sun, Mar 1 @ 7pm
$250 per person/Limited to 10 seats
Break bread with three pioneers shifting the narrative surrounding mass incarceration through their unique approach to art, writing and performance. Attendees will enjoy a festive menu from Manuela’s Chef Kris Tominaga, receive a signed copy of Dis/Reconnected published by WordsUncaged, and a one-of-a-kind artwork created by the incarcerated artists at Los Angeles County Prison Lancaster.
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy is the faculty director of Cal State LA's BA program at Lancaster state prison, and WordsUncaged and Paws For Life programs at Lancaster State Prison, Mule Creek State Prison, and CMC Prison. In addition to providing a platform for men with life sentences, the projects offer a rethinking of who incarcerated men are, explores common humanity, and imagines prison alternatives. Components that offer student involvement include: WordsUncaged literary journal, WordsUncaged Working Group (WWG) in Prison Pedagogy & Cultural Representation, WordsUncaged Prison Art Exhibition, among others.
Tobias Tubbs is the Chief Ambassador for WordsUncaged, the Insight Gardening program, and the Catalyst Program at Lancaster State Prison and facilitator of Narrative Therapy Based Reentry Healing and Collaboration Circles. Tubbs co-authored Human (2017), to break the criminal stigma and dehumanization of incarcerated people. Having received a life sentence himself, Tubbs was released in 2018 when Former Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence. His work with WordsUncaged continuously tackles prison prevention, reentry, and transitioning by implementing programs and art exhibitions that engage the philosophy of narrative therapy.
Dimitri Chamblas is a Dancer, choreographer, former artistic director at Paris Opera and the Dean of dance at California Institute for the Arts (CalArts). He recently created « Slow Show », « Los Angeles » and has performed around the world in renowned venues like Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), REDCAT (Los Angeles), St Mark’s church (New York), among others. A Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, Chamblas has his own studio in Paris and Los Angeles to host all of his projects and collaborations.