OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE DEPENDS

 
Shaping this new story involves a re-vision of "the Feminine" 
and ultimately, 
a Declaration of it.
 

As women, we are on the forefront of change as storytellers and weavers
of Life, Death + new Life, 
 
  able to wield immense power
when we join together with wisdom + compassion.

 Rites of Passage is a multi-media project that

RECLAIMS WOMEN'S RITES OF PASSAGE

through ritual, art, performance + writing.

The live performance or "living museum"

 takes place inside a house with many rooms. 

Each room represents a stage or theme of initiation

in women's lives from birth to death.

Together, we are housing the "Collective Female Soul".

I never truly acknowledged the fact that I was female until about the 2nd room, and realized maybe its not so bad as I thought."

-Anonymous audience member

The first live iteration of ROP

took place in 2013 in Pittsfield, MA

in a historic Women's Club building. 

A second live production

-  Rites of Passage 20/20 VISION -

is now planned for the SUMMER OF 2020

focused on the lives of women of color.

Collaboratively created by women from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities,

 Rites of Passage is a living, breathing invocation

for the healing of our lineages, the weaving of our many colors 

and a fertile future for the generations to come.

Creativity is not a solitary movement. That is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, is fed. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone."

-Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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Photos courtesy of Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Peggy Reeves, Krysia Kurzyca, and David Benson

All photos and text © 2019 The Rites of Passage Project