Kintsugi brings community together to for year-end performance

May 15, 2019

Known as the Japanese art of golden mending, Kintsugi honors the damage and repairs in an object as part of its history rather than something to disguise. Often the repaired object is even more beautiful than the original. As the theme for this year’s show, Kintsugi served as an invitation to explore our own imperfections and the ways in which they make each of us more unique and beautiful.

A large, enthusiastic crowd of friend, family and community members joined us to see the many creative ways in which our youth (in collaboration with Express Yourself Milwaukee staff artists and guest artists) responded to this theme. It was a beautiful performance featuring all kinds of artistic expression including dance, music, singing, drumming, video, visual art, and for the first time, a short play in 4 acts.

“I was at the show on Thursday and, WOW, that was something… Really beautiful work was done by everyone and I’m lucky to have experienced that performance. My heart and soul really appreciated that. I could tell how much love there is for the youths…. B R A V O ! ! ! ! !”  |  Erin Bolte

The show takes a lot of work to put together, including a very long day-of-show that begins with several rehearsals and culminates with the big performance. This year, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service stopped by rehearsal and put together this video that offers a taste of what goes into the preparation:

Be sure to join us next year when we again take the stage to share our work with the community. Join our email list (subscribe at the bottom of our home page) to stay up-to-date!