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The State of Black Bodies is a poetic and interdisciplinary stage production, explores the beauty and audacity of the Black Body. This performance examines the current state of blackness in America and create spaces for awareness through/from the lens and voice of the black woman; allowing black girls and women to be/feel empowered. This performance explores the intersections of the "black body" as a target, and triumph, the conditioning of black male, female, and queer bodies in service of white supremacy, and the collective desire to be freed from its talons.
This is a CALL TO ACTION that seeks to engage the community through the use and power of the spoken word and performance art while providing space for transformation, social change, healing and self-empowerment in the body of a black girl’s coming of age story. Further providing the community with the opportunity to affirm the black woman’s experience and value by sharing and acknowledging her power, presence and rooted history.
Musical Accompaniment & Director, Valerie Trout (www.valerietrouttprojects.com )
Directed by Mona Webb (www.facebook.com/mona.webb)
Pr3ssPlay Poets: Founded in Oakland, CA in 2013, Pr3ssPlay Poets share their talents with the community with sacred intentions in mind. Their art is centered around providing a space for healing, identity exploration, celebration of the Black body and advocacy of social change through the use and power of the spoken word. Poetry is used as both the medium and the message to cultivate and push forward the community to liberation through accessible, poetic and interdisciplinary productions and workshops while providing culturally relevant fine arts experiences. Pr3ssPlay Poets is a female/womyn-centered poetry, spoken word and theatrical performance collective committed to inspiration and social change within the Black community!