ONSITE: House/Full of BlackWomen
Amara Tabor-Smith, Ellen Sebastian Chang and Dancers’ Group present:
The 14th Episode of House/Full of BlackWomen
New Chitlin Circuitry: Reparations Vaudeville
House/Full of BlackWomen is a site specific ritual performance project that addresses issues of displacement, well being, and sex trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland.
Set in various public sites throughout Oakland over a Five-year period, this community-engaged project is performed as a series of “Episodes” that are driven by the core question, “How can we, as black women and girls find space to breathe, and be well within a stable home?” The House/Full of Blackwomen project will culminate in 2021.
All offerings are subject to change and cancellation due to the uncertainty of these days. They will be limited with in-person audiences between 15-40, with temperature checks and masks required to attend.
Sun, Oct 11, 6pm @ Betti Ono Gallery (1427 Broadway, Oakland)
Excerpts from “Laveau” by Britt Frazier, Directed by Margo Hall with ritual offering by Portsha Jefferson and Rara Tou Limen. Laveau, performed by Cathleen Riddle, is a public ritual for the healing and protection of the black femme spirit. A callback conjuring of our ancestral womb blood, divine connection to water and nature and our lineage black girl magi noir. Through song, dance, storytelling and ancient ritual we conjure Laveau. The piece serves as a haunting of New Orleans’ most powerful Vudu Queens Marie Laveau the first and second, in the time of Covid, racial uprising and the housing crisis among black and brown women and artists today, for healing.
Come wearing bright colors in honor of your favorite Goddess!
Capacity limit: 15 Folks
Thu, Oct 15, 6:30pm @ Betti Ono Gallery (1427 Broadway, Oakland)
Illusions, Mesmerism with Zakiya Oyadolu Harris and Yvette Aldama. Video art and Music w/ Alexa Lexigon Burrell. Where we destroy illusions with sleight of hand, awaken from the hypnosis of “Dr. Mesmer’s Memes”, holla the music of crows, strikes and rent strokes and project the magical beauty of our black feminine genius…delight! delight! delight! delight! This is conjure art.
Capacity limit: 15 Folks
Fri-Sun, Oct 16-18, 7:30 @ Liberation Park (6955 Foothill Blvd, Oakland)
The Trinity of Souls and Mother Pine Installation and Song/Poem/Prayer Circle. An Installation created in honor of the divine dark feminine and the phases of the moon created by Stephanie A. Johnson, Shelley Davis Roberts, Jazmine Schwinges-Williams and Karen Smith.
Bring a song, poem, prayer, movement to share (optional).
Capacity limit: 40 Folks
Sun, Oct 18, 3-4pm @ Betti Ono Gallery (1427 Broadway, Oakland) (CANCELLED)
Value Formation Session: A Safe-Tea Gathering led by Amber McZeal. A healing conversation for these times, for all times.
“Through restructuring our consciousness, we change the value meanings of black and white. We transform the internalized racial ritual, that hierarchy of value. Through sacred intellectualism, we unpackage the performance of a value-less being in our racial caste and alchemize how that mandate crystallized in cells and hearts.”
Capacity Limit: 10 folks
Read articles in In Dance
Black Women Genius, Black Women Magic, Black Women Power
by Tobe Melora Correal
Imbuing Spirit into Cloth
by Dana Kawano
In Tribute to Transformation
by Frances Phillips
Witness and Archive
by Marvin K. White
Restoration Through Transformation
by Zakiya Harris
Watch and Listen
See more videos on the Youtube playlist
Oakland’s House/Full of BlackWomen launching fundraiser Saturday, by Lou Fancher, East Bay Times
A House Full of Black Women Gets a Week of Rest, by Sarah Burke, KQED
House/Full of Blackwomen Present Black Women Dreaming — A Ritual Rest In Oakland, by Neyat Yohannes, East Bay Express
House/Full of BlackWomen delivers ‘rituals’ outside the confines of a theater, by Amelia Williams, Local News Matters
Conjuring Movement and Social Change in the Now: Marjani Fortè-Saunders, Amara Tabor-Smith, and Jennifer Harge, by Halifu Osumare, Ph.D., Dance/USA’s eJournal From The Green Room