Grant Recipient Details

Portland, OR
Project Title
Constant State of Otherness
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant
Grant Amount

Constant State of Otherness is a multidisciplinary community engagement and performance work rooted in the questions: How have I been othered? How have I othered myself? How have I othered others? Weaving taiko, Japanese dance, video, and storytelling, this work recognizes the isolation, alienation, and displacement that come from not having an easy sense of belonging, both as a physical place and an emotional space. Collaging personal narratives with stories collected from diverse youth and adults, Constant State of Otherness redefines whose stories are told, unpacking, unraveling, and acknowledging our stories to reveal the complexities and nuances of identity.

Recognizing our history, we want to acknowledge and pay respect to the ancestral land where our creative project resides at the confluence of the Columbia River and Willamette River where the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes. We honor the indigenous people on whose traditional land we gather, practice, live and work on.

Projected Touring Availability

Please contact the tour coordinator for more information.

Tour Coordinator

Michelle Fujii, Co-Director
Sarah Ayako Anderson, Company Manager
Unit Souzou
Tel. (503) 333-2158

Work Samples

A man kneels with a wooden bar in his mouth, while three men circle him.
Intisar Abioto and New Expressive Works
A woman holds a percussive instrument over a man's head.
Intisar Abioto and New Expressive Works