Who is the Rites of Passage Project for?
The Rites of Passage Project is a space of healing & reclamation specifically for cis and trans women,
as well as for non-binary and gender fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.
We deeply honor and respect the voices, perspectives, labor and wisdom of non-binary and gender fluid peoples within this project, while lifting up the Feminine, and sacredness and breadth of what it means to be "a woman".
*Our live events & streamings are open to audiences of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.
Is this a live event? Is it open to the public?
The Rites of Passage Project uses live performance, art, writing, photography & film to educate and inspire women + femmes of all ages to claim their rites of passage. The first live performance-installation event happened over 3 nights in June of 2013 at The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield MA. The second live event "Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision"took place over 5 days in August of 2021 with 2 live performances each day at the same venue.
Does it take place in a real house? Or is that a metaphor?
The live event takes place in a real house. Rites of Passage places a deliberate emphasis on using an actual house, as opposed to another formal institution or gallery space. A house speaks to the interiority of our private lives; we invite audiences to literally walk through the intimate places of our life experience, one room at a time.
Is missed it. Can I see it again? Will you be doing it again?
Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision was a once in a lifetime event.
We do not plan to create another large-scale performance at this time. But we will be streaming virtual tour of the house on November 5th 2021, as well as working on long-range projects (film, book & workbook) to further our mission of empowering women around the world to create their own Rites of Passage ritual houses.
How many artists are involved?
From start to finish, our recent Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision involved over 65 local + national artists and collaborators.
Is it just for Women of Color?
While the Rites of Passage Project is for women of all backgrounds and ethnicities, the 20/20 Vision live production was focused on Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Women of Color in the US who have been on the margins for far too long. We believe these voices specifically have the medicine we need collectively, to create a more just & viable future for all beings.
Can I be involved? How?
We welcome volunteers of all genders and ages to help with online management and social media.
Please send us an email sharing your interests and skill set.
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