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When

Runs from Tuesday February 5 2019 to Wednesday February 6 2019

Approximate running time: 0 hours and 50 minutes

Venue

The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary performance pieces that center the African and African American woman in divining vocabularies to explore the unruly interiority of the human condition. Poor People’s TV Room SOLO is a performance installation that considers duration and urgent complaint as critical aspects of an embodied protest practice. Text from the report commissioned by the British Colonial Government in 1930 to investigate the uprising of women in Nigeria, serves as the primary source material. This uprising, known as the Woman’s War of 1929 was also referred to as the Woman’s Egwu. Egwu, in Igbo, one of the Indigenous languages of Nigeria, means dance. The linguistic tie between performance and protest is an especially compelling and fruitful exploration in this work.

“...part of the grand narrative about politics, the body, and place that Okpokwasili is building, gesture by gesture, whisper by whisper, brick by brick." —The New Yorker

Created and performed by Okwui Okpokwasili
Directed and designed by Peter Born


Photo: Caitlin McCarthy

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