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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

CLEAR SIGHT
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.
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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

 

 

 

WE ARE

 

 

 

THE

 

 

 

ONCE

 

 

 

&

 

 

 

FUTURE

 

 

 

FUTURE

 ...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
  • Room of the Unborn— a walk-in-closet about abortion, miscarriage & stillbirth
  • Queer Roots— childhood and the queer experience
  • Trans-cendant— on the trans experience and gender fluidity
  • 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
  • The Death Stairway & 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 
Immigration Justice
Trans Resistance Massachusetts
Seed Saving + Ecological Stewardship
 Clean Water

....

As well as towards completing the
Rites of Passage Book
& Virtual Museum

 
INTERDEPENDENCE

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.”       

                                                                                     Arundhati Roy

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Artwork Credits:
Header: Justine Grape

ROP 20/20 Vision collages: Pooja Prema
Eggshell Strip: Gabrielle Senza, Hysteria
Life-Death-Life: Cynthia Atwood
Boxes: Deb Koffman