Welcome to the House of Belonging

Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision

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1 House. 25 Rooms.
A House of Ancestral Healing, Resilience & Belonging
Celebrating the Lives of Women of Color

I’m speechless.

I took the journey you offered me. I cried and laughed and received so much.

 I want to be there again and again, and for all my friends to experience this...

which is impossible to describe

Power. Love. Intention. Magic. Women. 

Bravo.”                                                            - E. Gonzalez, auidence member

CLEAR SIGHT
Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision was a "living museum" honoring the lives & visionary futures
of Black, Indigenous & Immigrant Women of Color in America (BIWOC), set inside a historic former Women's Club in Western Massachusetts.

Throughout its  25 "Rooms of Cure", 20/20 Vision reclaimed BIWOC's experiences of initiation using ritual theatre & multimedia art shared over 10 live performances
from August 13-17, 2021.

20/20 Vision
was created in collaboration with over 65 Women of Color artists ages 3 to 75, and was witnessed by 1000 audience members. Together we created a temporary living village of belonging, and embodied a more fertile, resilient & just future for all.

Together, We Are the Once & Future Vision of Our Ancestors.
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The abundance, voluptuous spirit of healing, self-hood, sisterhood- so generous, healed + healing OUR FUTURE + OUR PAST + OUR PRESENT.

Thank you each deeply for your Love.”

I am grateful for the privilege of witnessing & participating in this ritual. For feeling both the pain of history and the balms of sisterhood & creativity. My heart is open My body flashes hot. Brava to you all. Us all. To life.”

I am honored to be reborn tonight.”

Taking in all the many rites in the house – I feel expanded + opened to so many other experiences + like the world is fuller + filled with breath, song, rhythm + color.”

All of these things are our rites; all of these things- we already know;

all of these hold power and allow us to flow effortlessly through the unknown.” 

Being held by the rich soils of women of color.

May a life of honoring them be born.”

Each room in 20/20 Vision 
embodies a rite of passage theme
in the lives of
 Black, Indigenous + Immigrant
Women of Color
Yet ultimately, it is
a living, breathing invocation
for remembrance + healing justice
on behalf of all our lineages,
and all our many colors
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WE ARE

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THE

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ONCE

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&

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FUTURE

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FUTURE

 ...that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is
that which also is the source of our greatest strength.”
                                                                  Audre Lorde


At a pivotal time in our human history, Rites of Passage; 20/20 Vision offered 
Women of Color a unique invitation and to embody their wisdom + beauty, 
and to form a temporary village of healing.


In this process we re-member and transform ourselves + our lineages,
and inspire others to do the same.

  Join the Movement...


 

LINEAGE. SEEDS. SOVEREIGNTY. FERTILITY. SUSTENANCE.

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 MEDICINE. WATER. WOMB. FLOWER. VICTORY.

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DIASPORA. STORY. WEAVE. LEGACY.

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SOIL. ANCESTRAL SOUL. HEALING JUSTICE. REMEMBRANCE.

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"ROOMS of CURE" in 2021:
  • Migration/ Diaspora— honoring the immigrant experience
  • No Longer Silent— on #metoo and healing sexual trauma
  • Legacy— healing inter-generational trauma, reconnecting with the earth
  • The Grief Room— a memorial for diasporic lineages oppressed through colonization and displacement
  • Wombman Heal Thyself—  on the healing of women's bodies and water bodies.
  • The Living Womb— re-visioning birth, and addressing the lack of adequate natal care for BIPOC
  • The Nothing— a walk-in-closet about abortion, miscarriage & stillbirth
  • Queer Origins— childhood and the queer experience
  • Re-membering My Father— about women’s complex relationships to our fathers,  men and masculinity
  • Adolescence— cure-ated by a group of local youth from the R.O.P.E. program
  • Soul Kitchen — rediscovering inter-generational community & nourishment

  • The Elder Room— honoring the wisdom of radically embodied elderhood
  • Divorce— the end of partnership & marriage, and radical self-love
  • Dissolution— a room about spiritual breakdown, breakthrough and rebirth
  • Forgiveness— on forgiving ourselves, our ancestors, our oppressors
  • The Body Room— a bathroom celebrating female and femme bodies of all kinds
  • V is for Victory— an altar-room to fertility and creative sovereignty  
  • Sustenance— on reclaiming women's relationships to Nature estranged through displacement + migration
  • The Sustenance Pantry an heirloom seed bank + pantry of ancestral foods of sustenance     
  • The Apothecary an room of plantcestor medicine & reclamation of healing
  • The Library an inter-sectional multicultural feminist library
  • Death: A Stairway to an Invisible Exit— honoring the mystery of death & dying
  • The Re-Birth Canal a stairway celebrating the life-death-life cycle
20% of proceeds from the Rites of Passage 20/20 ticket donations will support
the revolutionary work of Women of Color around:

Local Youth Empowerment
Healthy Birth for Black Mothers
Water Protectors
Indigenous Seed Sovereignty
Immigration Justice at the Border


 
INTERDEPENDENCE