03/14/02-03/31/02 Thu-Sat 10 p.m., Sun 5:30 p.m. $15
La Mama Experimental Theater East Village 74A E 4th St New York, NY (212) 475-7710
In 1999, choreographer Yoshiko Chuma went to Sarajevo with The School of Hard Knocks, the collective of modern dance choreographers and artists she directs. While there, they performed "Footprints of War" at the Sarajevo International Theater Festival. That was the easy part. Getting the set from Sarajevo to New York for performances scheduled at the Joyce was a two-and-a-half month ordeal of emails and miscommunications that is the subject of her newest piece, "Pi=3.14: Hiroshima-New York-Belgrade-New York-Sarajevo-New York-Kabul." Chuma, who says the title represents "endless, continuous circles of life and war," has put together spoken word and choreography into this work that pulls together themes of war, displacement and Chuma's own childhood in postwar Japan. The performers each have experiences with war, such as Tea Alagic, who is from Mostar, a city in Bosnia and Herzergovina; Ivan Talijancic, a Croatian-born actor, Jim DiBiasio, an American actor who has experienced three wars, and Wazma Osman, an Afghan woman who walked over the Pakistani border to freedom in 1980. -- Laura Shin
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