In our modern culture, there's virtually no acknowledgment of personal rites of
passage for women or any human being.
There’s almost no place to seek out ritual or community that would gift us life-giving support when we most need it.
This is what Rites of Passage seeks to offer.
ROP reclaims and expands the concept of
a “rite of passage” to recognize that every significant experience in a woman's life from birth to death - the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and profane - can be a liberatory initiation.
Through live performance-installations,
an online platform, and forthcoming large-format photo book of photos and essays,
we hope to re-frame, education, inspire
the way we see and live our lives as women.
for the new century
The long-term dream for Rites of Passage is for it to become a kind of Vagina Monologues for the new century - enabling groups of women around the U.S. and the globe to create original, localized ROP performance-installations specific to the needs of their places and communities.
ROP will function as a visionary template - a ground from which new, fresh perspectives on the theme can be gestated and birthed.
This will be made possible through the creation of a Rites of Passage Project Project Workbook.
Subsequent small and large scale projects will then be linked through this website, evolving a movement and network of creative resistance +resilience, and shared yet plural vision.
After all, there can be no one definitive house
to contain a terrain as vast as
"women's rites of passage":
there are endless iterations/ rooms
for the "Collective Female Soul",
as we continue to evolve as a collective.
In this way, Rites of Passage
honors and mirrors the cycle of
seed-to-flower-to-fruit and back again,
in hopes to nurture a regenerative
+ fertile cultural/ spiritual garden
for a world in crisis and emergence.
*The Rites of Passage Project is copyrighted by Pooja Prema
Feminist thinking teaches us all, especially,
how to love justice and freedom in ways that foster and affirm life.”
– Bell Hooks
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