Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision
Art & Performance honoring the lives Women of Color
A House of Belonging, Resilience, & Re-Membering.
A House of the Collective Feminine Soul.
10 Live Performances
NOW IS OUR TIME.
BE A PART
of making herstory.
It's people like you
who are helping us reach our
20/20 VISION $200K GOAL by May1st.
All donations are tax-deductible
through our Crowdfunding Campaign,
PayPal Giving, or via check.
Thank you for helping create
a more just + beautiful future
for women + for all of us.
Honoring the Voices of WOC
Listen to our May 1st kick-off call for our month-long crowdfunding campaign for RITES OF PASSAGE: 20/20 VISION, honoring the lives of BLACK, INDIGENOUS and IMMIGRANT (cis & trans) WOMEN OF COLOR.
ROP is raising $100K this month (to meet our $200K goal) to cover the production costs for ROP 20/20
VISION, by May 31st.
Pooja Prema, ROP founder, is joined by collaborators as they discuss our upcoming, groundbreaking art & performance project that will be happening this August, at The Whitney Center for the Arts in 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
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 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 sovereignty
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
Taboo— a walk-in-closet about abortion, miscarriage & stillbirth
Queer Luv— about the queer experience
Trans-cendant— on the trans experience and gender fluidity
Re-membering My Mother— honoring our mothers & motherhood
Re-membering My Father— about women’s complex relationships to men and masculinity
Girlhood— reclaiming childhood from gendered stereotypes
Adolescence— cure-ated by a group of local youth from the R.O.P.E. program
The Kitchen— rediscovering inter-generational community & nourishment
- Age as Power— in praise of menopause and aging
- The Elder Room— honoring the wisdom of radically embodied elderhood
- Divorce— the end of partnership & marriage
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 & Re-Birth Canal— embracing the life-death-life cycle
WE ARE THE ONCE + FUTURE
VISION OF OUR ANCESTORS.
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 BIWOC
Seed Saving + Ecological Stewardship
Medicine for the People + Clean Water
As well as towards completing the
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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