Art & Culture

Open Invitation to a free performance of Red Altar: An American Story

Join the San Benito County Arts Council for a free community performance of Red Altar, a multi-media show about immigration, migration, and the founding of the fishing industry in Monterey.
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This article was contributed by Heidi Jumper of the San Benito County Arts Council.

The San Benito County Arts Council proudly presents a free community performance of Red Altar: An American Story at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at the San Benito High School Auditorium, 1220 Monterey Street in Hollister. This event is free and open to guests of all ages; children are strongly encouraged to attend!

More about Red Altar: Hundreds of Chinese communities dotted the West Coast for decades staring in 1849. They came to make a better life and helped build America. In one small coastal area along the Carmel Bay, six teens survived their junk boat crash and started the fishing industry. What happened to them?

Eth-Noh-Tec, with performers Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, use their dramatic alchemy to conjure rhythmic, lyrical storytelling embellished with seamless interlocking physical theater and choreography as they blend ancient wisdom and modern messages.

The main performance will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A and group discussion with audience members about their own immigration stories. The audience is encouraged to stay after the performance to learn and share.

Eth-Noh-Tec has performed on such notable stages as the Smithsonian Discovery Theater, Wolftrap VA, Presidential Inaugural Celebrations for both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, and at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Eth-Noh-Tec has also been featured on international storytelling events, festivals and delegations in India, China, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, and Bermuda. They have been initiated into the Circle of Excellence by the National Storytelling Network. Their work has also appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Short Stories, Tall Tales" on PBS. For information regarding Eth-Noh-Tec visit their website.

Contact the San Benito County Arts Council for more info at (831) 636-2787 or info@sanbenitoarts.org.

Red Altar is presented by the San Benito County Arts Council with support from Hollister School District, San Benito High School, and the California Arts Council. This presentation is part of the San Benito County Arts Council's Arts in Education Program and is intended to engage the community at large in diverse cultural experiences.

San Benito County Arts Council

The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to: *Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County *Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art *Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts *Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive