1 House. 21 Rooms. 5 Days.10 Live Performances.
A House of Healing, Resilience & Belonging
Celebrating the Lives of Women of Color
LIVE: August 13-17
Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield MA
Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision seeks to Dream, Envision & Embody the world anew
with fresh perspectives for a more fertile, resilient & equitable future for all
with Black, Indigenous and Immigrant Women of Color in the center.
Each room in 20/20 Vision
embodies a rite of passage theme
in the lives of
Black, Indigenous + Immigrant
(cis, trans & non-binary) 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.
...that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is
that which also is the source of our greatest strength.”
– Audre Lorde
At this unprecedented time in our history, Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision offers
Women and non-binary people of Color a unique invitation to Take Up Space,
and to embody their wisdom + beauty.
In doing so, we heal, re-member and transform ourselves + our lineages,
and inspire + enable others to do the same.
Join the Vision...
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 2021:
Migration/ Diaspora— honoring the immigrant experience
No Longer Silent— on #metoo and healing sexual trauma
Legacy— honoring lineage-based wisdom and healing inter-generational trauma
The Grief Room— a memorial for diasporic lineages oppressed through colonization and displacement
Woman 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 Library— an inter-sectional multicultural feminist library
Death: A Stairway to Nowhere & The Re-Birth Canal— embracing the life-death-life cycle
A portion of proceeds from the Rites of Passage 20/20 production will support
the revolutionary work of Women & People of Color around:
Reproductive Rights and Healthy Birth for BIWOC
Trans Resistance Massachusetts
Seed Saving + Ecological Stewardship
As well as towards completing the
Rites of Passage Book
& Virtual Museum
Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.”
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