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CREATING ROOMS OF OUR OWN

FROM GIRLHOOD THROUGH ELDERHOOD

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RITES OF PASSAGE is...

 

A living museum,

A ritual art house,

A home of belonging, healing & remembrance,

And, a movement celebrating women's lives

& initiations from birth through death.

Each 'ROOM OF CURE' in the house

represents a stage or rite of passage

using ritual performance, installation &

multimedia artwork. 

Appearing as live, public events, our work

continues to live on virtually, in film, and eventually

in print in our Rites of Passage book.

 

Collaboratively created by women from diverse

backgrounds, ages & ethnicities,

 RITES OF PASSAGE is

a living, breathing invocation...

for the healing of our lineages,

the weaving of our many colors 

and a fertile future for the generations to come.

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Together, we are housing

THE COLLECTIVE FEMALE SOUL

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I Never truly acknowledged the fact that I was female until about the 2nd room, and realized maybe its not so bad as I thought."

-Anonymous audience member

HOUSES

The first live incarnation

of Rites of Passage

took place JUNE 7-10, 2013 

in the historic

"Women's Club of the Berkshires"

in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The second live incarnation
- 20/20 VISION -
took place in the same house
AUGUST 13-17, 2021
focusing on the lives of
Women of Color.

OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE DEPENDS
ON THE STORIES WE TELL... 
 

Creativity is not a solitary movement. That is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, is fed. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone."

-Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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Artwork Credits:
ROP 20/20 Vision collage: Pooja Prema
Video:
EveryStory Studio
Slider: Azaria Ulmer, Forgiveness / Sarah Varichon, Legacy / Pooja Prema, Sustenance / Cheryl R. Riley, The Kitchen / ROPE, Adolescence

First Trio Strip (last from left): Samantha Keyes in Adolescence / Elizabeth Blackshine in The Wise Wound / Cynthia Atwood, Menopause
Second Trio Strip (left to right): first Lorimer Burns in A Womb of Her Own / center + last: Pooja Prema, The Wise Wound
Explore RITES 2013: Gabrielle Senza, Hysteria
Explore 20/20 VISION: Desiree Mwalimu-Banks, Dissolution
Rites of Passage 2013 Trailer: Cindy Parrish
Cathy Fisch, The Web

Final Header: Pooja Prema, Sisterhood
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