In her performance memoir “Mudang Magic,” Michelle Myers explores how words can hang onto grief and how memory can create a landscape of both loss and healing. The vulnerability of her storytelling and performance allows Myers to meditate on the entwining of experience as both emotional departure and spiritual return as she shares her reflections on her relationship with her mother and of losing her mother to cancer. Myers’ performance plumbs the depths of memory and delves into the idea that, sometimes, to know who we are, we have to retrace our steps. Utilizing spoken word poetry, storytelling, and song, “Mudang Magic” joins her and her mother’s stories in a way that acknowledges that with loss comes not only deep pain but revelation and renewal.
“Mudang Magic” was presented and sponsored by The Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College of NJ as part of its “Made in Jersey” virtual series. It premiered as a Youtube live stream on February 11, 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic and was followed by a live Q&A.
Short Film in Collaboration with Studio Revolt
In response to the escalated anti-Asian violence, Studio Revolt and Yellow Rage collaborated on a spoken word film based on the 2001 Yellow Rage poem “Listen Asshole”. Directed by Masahiro Sugano and produced by Anida Yoeu Ali, the film is a response to the escalation in anti-Asian violence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
USA Today published an essay written by Michelle titled “Pain Spoken as Anger” as part of a larger article titled “AAPI Pride: Asian and Pacific Islander heritage helps lift America to what it must be.” Michelle’s excerpt reflects on the impact “Listen Asshole” had in 2001 and its ongoing relevance in giving voice to the pain and anger experienced by Asian Americans as a result of racism and discrimination 20 years later. The essay was printed on May 17, 2021 and is available online to subscribers. USA Today also interviewed Michelle about the film project, which can be viewed online here: https://www.usatoday.com/videos/opinion/2021/05/17/aapi-yellow-rage-michelle-myers-asian-american-spoken-word-poetry/5082263001/
The short film can be viewed below: