Sankei (San means "three" in Japanese) begins with the dance performance, IKKAI Means Once: a transplanted pilgrimage, on September 16 and continues through October with free admission to a dance film, Out of the Dust, and NI DO TO: never again, four distinct XR installations created in collaboration with Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students and Atlanta- and California-based artists/partners.

Utilizing contemporary creative practices, Sankei reflects on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, explores their lives, traumas, and resilience, and engenders solidarity with all communities facing the violence of xenophobic policies.  


IKKAI means once: a transplanted pilgrimage is an immersive work that weaves together modern dance, Japanese Obon folk dance (Bon-odori), and a musical score with taiko drums, guiding audiences through a first-person narrative that explores the Japanese American experience during World War II.

Performed by KAMBARA+ Dance on stage at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

Saturday, September 16
4:30 and 8 p.m.


二度と(NI DO TO): an XR pilgrimage is a transformative lobby experience of shared connection that journeys through ancestral joy, historical trauma, and community resilience with the narrative of Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Four different installations in mixed-reality, classical and digital interactive technology, and visual art offer reflective activities to help you explore current and future solidarities with communities facing the violence of xenophobic and racist policies. 

The installations are free and open to the public in the lobby of the Ferst Center for the Arts, October 3 - 26.


Out of the Dust is a dance film told through ghosts of Manzanar Detention Camp who come to life through the poetry of Janice Mirikitani, the music of Miles Lassi and Paul Chihara, and the Japanese American folk dance “Ei Ja Nai Ka” (lit., “Ain’t it good?”) choreographed and music written by PJ Hirabayashi.  After the closing of the camps, who and what memories were left behind in the windy dust-laden desert of Manzanar?

The film will be shown free and open to the public in the lobby of the Ferst Center for the Arts, October 3 - 26.

Photos, videos, and illustrations courtesy of the project participants and Georgia Tech Arts.