a riveting, one-of-a-kind, site-specific dance performance


When Dreams Are Interrupted uncovers the profound imprint left on a neighborhood by the forced removal and mass evacuation of Japanese American communities in 1942. 


Purple Moon Dance Project's artistic director, Jill Togawa, as well as Arisika Razak, Ruth Ichinaga, and Sharon Sato, explore and infuse The Tag Project, drawing out the stories and memories amassed by Maruyama and highlighting local history and stories, both known and newly uncovered.


The collaboration between Togawa and Maruyama began when they met and collaborated at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage in 2009. For the first time, strings of tags with handwritten names of former WRA inmates prepared by Maruyama and community volunteers became part of the staging for the performance of When Dreams Are Interrupted.


This performance was followed by others in San Diego (2011) and Little Rock (2013). The new San Jose performance brings this unique collaboration with The Tag Project to the Bay Area for the first time.

The San Jose visual art installation includes three integrated parts: 


San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

560 South First Street., San Jose


The free event  was presented by CATS, Japanese American Museum of San Jose, Purple Moon Dance Project and San Jose ICA.










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Sunday, May 25, 2014

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CATS Board with Sandra Tsing Loh
CATS Board Members Reiko and Neil
Acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang.- updated Flower Drum Song.  Cats was a sponsor for the opening night post reception
CATS sponsors Japanese Shamisen Clinic