Re-writes of Passage Ensemble
& WOW Cafe Theatre
Brought to You by Sista Girls Who are Tired of Being Dissected So We Snatched Back the Mic!
Striking back against the media’s constant attempts to dissect Black Women, Vivisection is a powerful reclamation of power through irony, satire, truth, movement, and poetry.
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Show Time: 8pm
Tickets: $15 at the Door
Advance Tickets: $15/ $12-Students/Seniors
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Wow Cafe Theatre 59-61 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
Read what others have said about VIVISECTION:
“It was awesome! A production you don’t want to miss. Using satire to reflect on media’s misappropriation of Black Womyn… Dope!”
“a poignant examination of the experience of black woman-ness in this world. The laughter that was tickled out of me was warm and welcomed.”
“Amazing. Reminds me in some way of one of my favorite plays, The Colored Museum. I love the vignette style — so
acted. Just wonderful!”
This production is made possible with the generous support of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund.
WOMEN’S REIKI HEALING CIRCLE
Release Stress ~Discovery Mental Clarity~ Experience Emotional Grounding ~Open Your Heart ~Be Present~Let Creativity Flow…
What intention have you set for your wellbeing, your healing, your life?
Discover the transformative benefits of Reiki (a form of energetic healing) and Guided Meditation. Join women of all ages who are committed to making their emotional and spiritual wellness a priority in their lives. Together we will form a powerful community of healing.
Sunday, July 8, 2012 3:30-4:30pm
Harlem Holistic Center
115 W 128th Street (Between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell)
Suggested Donation: $10
I wrote this blog post from Berkley, California at the home of the amazing Shilpa Jain and her husband Austin Willacy. Beautiful couple, beautiful welcoming home and the perfect setting for the first Standing in Our Power network core committee retreat. We shared space, our stories, and our hearts as we worked together to creating a collective vision for the larger SiOP retreat in October. I discovered much about myself, about the leadership of women of color, and began to understand what I want my contribution to be to this network and to the world.
Days before arriving here, I had dinner with three amazing women from Brazil who are apart of IMAGINE Program which builds the capacity of the women across the globe to change their lives and their communities using the Empowerment methodology. They too shared stories of women overcoming seemly insurmountable odds in order to break through the barriers to social and political empowerment, to stand fully in their power. Over the last year, I have been called to help hold spaces that are about transforming the way we lead and live toward a paradigm of wellness, balance, authenticity, and vulnerability. As I am called to create and hold these kinds of spaces more and more, I learn that in this I find my calling; a direction for my work that I never before considered. I simply need to claim it and powerfully lay the foundation for greater sustainability and expand my capacity to share it with the world. So that is what I’m up to as we move into the summer season of 2012-Standing in My Power toward Higher Calling Manifestation.
This morning I woke up and did what I do most mornings; I sat in meditation, then stood for my energetic centering practice that culminates with me speaking my commitment to myself. But today I found myself standing in my living room having stretched energetically, ready to call in what I desire most but completely blank. What remained was just a question: What do I want more than anything right now in my life? What’s next for me? All of my personal growth work has been leading to this question, has always led back to this question. What is the ‘right’ next step? The next growing edge for me in this moment? What I discovered was completely unexpected.
In her TED Talk on “Listening to Shame” Brene Brown reveals that after her first appearance on TED she had a breakdown. She could not believe what she had said to millions of people about the importance of vulnerability in our lives. She had exposed herself in ways that would not allow her to play small in the world any more. After watching her video on YouTube, her words would stick with me for weeks and it was that same statement that reflected my own next step. It’s time to stop playing small. Its time do that thing that will propel me forward. That will have me be seen in ways that I never before dared.
Brene Brown: Listening to Shame
Here is what playing small looks like for me. I hide in the minutia of everyday tasks. I sit at my computer opening emails and reorganizing tasks lists when I should be out at events networking, connecting with people who could be great partners, collaborators, and resources for my projects. I talk myself out of applying for grant, fellowships, or even the conferences where I might have the opportunity to present my ideas, my vision to large rooms and expand my impact. I stay right where I am and where I’m comfortable for much longer than I’m suppose to, long after my usefulness has run out, long after its become clear that my skills are not valued, but I stay because it’s a steady pay check or it’s the only way I’ll have health insurance or just because it’s a good place to hide out. Ultimately what it comes down to is a fear of risk. A fear of the vulnerability that risk exposes us to. What if I fail? Then there’s the shame that weighs upon us when fall short. Yet no one has ever accomplished anything great without first having experienced failure.
Imagine if we were taught from any early age how to put failure into perspective? If we were conditioned to think of failure as an opportunity to learn and try a different approach next time. What if we celebrated so called failures; instead of experiencing shame when we fall short, we saw it as constructive feedback that we could use to refine our strategy. Imagine how many visionaries never get to realize their potential because they quite the first time they failed. Because they saw failure as a reflection of who they are, not something that is a universal part of our experience as human beings. I am not my failures. I am not going to play small just because I’m afraid that others won’t get my idea or the project won’t win the award or I might receive push back or criticism from my peers.
So its time to step out into the world and speak my highest vision into existence. Its time to take the risks that will offer the greatest reward and change the way I think about failure because I have too much to offer to be hiding out any more.
Its been an exciting year so far. After a two year hiatus from performing to complete a Master’s in Applied Theatre in June 2011, I reemerged last fall committed to developing new work. Receiving a 4-month Field Emerging Artist Residency seemed like confirmation I was on the right path but to now receive not one but two awards to fund my new performance work and our community outreach efforts is a gift beyond anything I could have imagined. With the support of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and the Puffin Foundation new creative work is being birthed this summer.
I’m very excited about the performances I have coming up in February. I’ll be performing excerpts of new work and later in the month at National Black Theatre, performing in the Mother Tongue Monologues.
Rivers of Honey
“HONORING OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH TRANSFORMATIONS”
February 3rd 7:30pm $10 at the door.
Wow Cafe Theatre 59-61 E 4th Street New York, NY
WOMEN OF WEDNESDAYS THE NAKED EDITION 2012
February 15th @ 7pm The Brecht Forum 451 West Street NYC
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Black Women’s Blueprint Presents The Mother Tongue Monologues
Friday, February 24th at 6:30pm
National Black Theatre in Harlem 2033 National Black Theatre Way (5th ave & 125th St, NYC)
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In the December edition of She Leads Radio I interviewed organizers from Occupy movements in LA, Detroit, Durham, and NYC. It was an awesome conversation. Listen on demand to my interview with Kanene Holder, Jillian Johnson, Paulina Gonzalez, and Sarah Coffey: She Leads Radio