Premiering Summer 2020
Now is the time.
Time to birth a house anew.
Time to deepen what it means to
create art as an act of community ritual.
Time to flesh out more rooms of female grief & praise...
sewing together the past, present & future
with courage, wisdom & compassion.
Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision seeks to Dream, Envision & Create the world anew
through fresh, poly-lingual perspectives on where we've been as a collective
alongside how we can be a part
of birthing a more fertile, resilient & equitable future for all.
Rites 20/20 Vision
is centered around women of color from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
In the words of Audre Lourde, "When we create out of our experiences, as feminists of color, women of color, we have to develop those structures that will present
and circulate our culture...” one created with
our hands, our tools, our visions.
...that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is
that which also is the source of our greatest strength.”
– Audre Lorde
Ultimately, Rites of Passage is
a living, breathing invocation
for remembrance + healing justice
on behalf of all our lineages,
and all our many colors.
LINEAGE. SEEDS. SOVEREIGNTY. FERTILITY. SUSTENANCE.
MEDICINE. WATER. WOMB. FLOWER. VICTORY.
DIASPORA. STORY. WEAVE. LEGACY.
SOIL. ANCESTRAL SOUL. HEALING JUSTICE. REMEMBRANCE.
New "ROOMS of CURE" in 2020:
Migration/ Diaspora—about the immigrant experience.
Mama's Always On Stage—a kitchen critiquing and re-visioning the isolation of modern motherhood.
No Longer Secret—a room expanding the concept of #metoo.
Legacy— a room and seed bank honoring the sovereignty our ancestral inheritances.
The Grief Room—in honor of all the women who have been and continue to be abused or killed through violence or displacement—particularly black, native and new immigrant women.
Forgiveness—a room about healing justice.
Woman Heal Thyself—focusing on healing from illness.
Asylum—on mental health and healing.
The Living Womb—a room re-visioning the birthing experience as empowering (and speaking to the expansion of natal care for women of color in America.)
Taboo— a side-closet on abortion and miscarriage.
Sustenance—an indoor garden, pantry and seed bank re-claiming our relationship to the natural world (relationships estranged through colonialism, slavery, immigration, and displacement).
Queer Love—a room about queer experience.
Dissolution—a room about depression, breakdown, breakthrough and rebirth
V is for Vulva—an altar-room to fertility and creative sovereignty.
As well as a reimagining of key rooms first presented in Rites 2013: Girlhood, Teenage, The Body Room, and The Elder Room.
A portion of proceeds from the Rites of Passage 20/20 production will support
the revolutionary work of women of color around:
Reproductive Rights and Healthy Birth for BIPOC
Seed Saving + Ecological Stewardship
Medicine for the People + Clean Water
As well as towards completing the
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