Saturday, November 2, 2013 6:30-8:30pm
701 Tillery Street Suite A-1
Austin, TX 78702
This celebration will include a reception, artistic expression, and community altar exhibit and building, honoring the lives of those who have gone before us and celebrating their memories that live on within us.
We will have a community altar so bring momentos and photographs to add to the altar.
Reading ,Conversation and Workshop with Sharon Bridgforth
Sunday November 3, 2013 Picture Box Studio 701 Tillery St. Suite A-7 Austin, TX 78702 (down the side walk from allgo office)
Reading and Conversation 6:00-7:00pm
Bridgforth will read from her newest work titled,
Who Dat/Black Mermaid Man Lady.
Who Dat/Black Mermaid Man Lady featured Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan during a September 2013 development workshop supported by New Dramatists (NYC) Creativity Fund, a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Set in 1920′s Louisiana/between time-without veils….in this piece the past/the present/the future/the living/the dead/the unborn co-exist. All are visited by a Black Mermaid man lady. The three Sisters: Oya, Osun and Yemaya aka: HoneyPot, Miss Kitty and the Black Mermaid man lady work in the night. Lift communal prayers and dreams to the Light. This is a world filled with womanizing/piano playing/knife carrying she’roes and old people that fly. Who Dat asserts that the carnal is sacred and that the storytellers/in telling the story find that the magic they weave changes their own lives.
Bridgforth will engage in an open dialogue with community members. This conversation will focus on her history as a member of the allgo community, making art, breaking form, making a living as an artist, using art as a tool for change, the tradition of the personal as political.
RSVP for Reading and Conversation on our Facebook Page
Workshop is full!
Four hour workshop for Emerging and Intermediate Level Artists working in all forms and aesthetics.
Within the context of the personal as political, Bridgforth will use her Finding Voice Facilitation Method* to walk participants through a process of developing work. The goal of this workshop is to strengthen collective connection and individual artistic voice by focusing on creative process, virtuosity, improvisation, innovation, the art of being present, and listening. Focus will be on writing exercises, improvisation, discussions, and the development of work on it’s feet.
Organically this workshop deepens one’s ability to fully embody, and present one’s artistic vision.
*Bridgforth’s Finding Voice Facilitation Manual is published in, Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. Edited by Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Dr. Lisa L. Moore, and Sharon Bridgforth. 2010 University of Texas Press.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
October 26, 2013
The Historic Victory Grill
1104 E. 11th St. Austin, TX 78702
Doors open at 8:00pm! Performances begin at 9:00pm Do not miss this!
$5-$10 sliding scale suggested donation.
( No one turned away due to inability to pay).
There will be a cash bar with tasty drinks all night.
Hosted and Emceed by the fabulous Dino Foxx
Headliner: Krudas Cubensi
Love & Monsters Puppet Company
Morgan Robyn Collado
Omar Phoenix Lopez
The Mahogany Project
RSVP on our Facebook Event Page
The Orita Project is an international film and performance endeavor exploring sexuality and gender in the Yoruba spiritual diaspora. The project centers Nigerian performance cosmology within contemporary ritual, social, dance, and cultural landscapes to question the affects anti-gay legislation and pre-colonial experience have within these communities. Orita seeks to understand how the public and private body “performs”; how Spirit shows up in order to survive, glow, express, reconcile and remember. Oluseyi Adebanjo and Ni’Ja Whitson present excerpts from this powerful project.
Oluseyi Adebanjo will screen Oya! Something Happened on the Way to West Africa which follows women’s leadership within indigenous Yoruba spirituality and the hidden truth behind power. To follow will be the presentation of Ayaba by Ni’Ja Whitson, a dance/theatre work that traces the stain of homophobia in South Africa and Nigeria.
Ayaba was declared a 2013 Creative Capital “On Our Radar” project to watch, and was developed with support by the Illinois Arts Council, LinkUI, a Links Hall Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign partnership, and Movement Research New York.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 4pm
Galaxy Studio Theater @ Galaxy Dance Studios
1700 S. Lamar Blvd #338
Austin, TX 8704
Free and Open to the public