I’m so excited to share that while still glowing from the Un-Changing Nature weekend, I started rehearsals, costuming, and sound editing for a re-staging of Spirit & Bones. SBDP was invited to be the keynote interlude performance for the National Women’s Studies Association’s annual conference!
From NWSA Curator of Arts, Rosamond S. King:
“The arts are always vital, important, and necessary – and artwork of all kinds fits the 2019 NWSA theme “Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing” perfectly: art can be protest, and it can depict that which we protest against. Art is a fundamental aspect of justice, since it is a key example of the freedom to think and imagine independently. And like scholars and activists, artists and curators can pursue the difficult, messy, but worthwhile strategy of transnational communication and organizing. Along with the overall theme, my goal for Arts@NWSA 2019 has been Seeing Beyond – beyond borders, beyond artistic medium, beyond the obvious.”
What an incredible honor it was to reunite Spirit & Bones cast members and share that performance with keynote speakers Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Arundhati Roy, over 1800 attendees, and in the company of the other NWSA artists:
Alia Ali, Yemen, Bosnia, USA; Samiya Bashir, Somalia, USA; Chloë Bass, USA; Micah Bazant, USA; Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Bahamas; Anjali Bhargava, Canada, USA; Danielle Boodoo-Fortune, Trinidad & Tobago; Domenica Bucalo, Italy, USA; Gabrielle Civil, Haiti, USA; Sokari Ekine, Nigeria, UK, USA; DJ Emancipation, Egypt, USA; Teri Greeves, Kiowa, USA; Valerie Hegarty, USA; Luzene Hill, Cherokee, USA; Marlene Iyemura, Filipino American, Japanese American, USA; Jacqueline Johnson, USA; Kubra Khademi, Afghanistan, France; Swati Khurana, India, USA; Rosamond S. King, The Gambia, Trinidad & Tobago, USA; Aimee Lee, Korea, USA; Gabrielle Le Roux, South Africa; Ann Lewis, USA; Ajuan Mance, USA; Samanta Batra Mehta, India, USA; Ingrid Moesan, Suriname; Victor Mukasa, Uganda; Anne Muntges, USA; Tabita Rezaire, France, Denmark, French Guyana; Alison Saar, USA; Miriam Schaer, USA; Monica Trinidad, USA; Irene Wibawa, China, Indonesia, USA; and Lorena Wolffer, Mexico.
I am truly grateful and give thanks. 💛
Fueled by the power of that inspiring evening I worked with Rev. Elaine Gehrmann and Worship Associate Mary Kay Hamilton to weave a dance solo into the Sunday service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula.
There is a great quote attributed to Emma Goldman, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” Dance has long been a human expression of joy and sorrow, longing and hope, romance and revolution, passion and purpose. The service explored how dance is also a great medium to express praise and thanksgiving.
What a full and deeply satisfying artistic year it has been. The SBDP artists, crew and I are so grateful to you, our friends, fans, family for all the ways you support SBDP in creating and sharing our work.
We hope you’ll think of us as you make your donations this Giving Tuesday and continue cheering us into our (packed!) 13th season.
Giving thanks and so much love,
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