House/Full of Black Women

Project: House/Full of Black Women

Practitioner: Amara T. Smith, Ellen Sebastian Chang and Collaborators

Date: 2016-ongoing

Location: multiple sites, Oakland, CA

Description:

House/Full of Black Women is a multi site specific performance ritual project that addresses the displacement, well being and sex-trafficking of Black Women and girls in Oakland. It is a collaboration between creators Amara Tabor-Smith, Ellen Sebastian Chang and a core group of powerful black women performing artists which include, Zakiya Harris, Tossie Long, Rami Margon, Valerie Troutt, Regina Evans, Colette Eloi, Pippa Fleming, Keisha Turner, Shelley Davis Roberts and Nkei Oruche, and is being documented by filmmaker Ginika Oruche, and photographer Robbie Sweeny.  Performed as a series of ritual events which we call “Episodes” House/Full asks the question, “How can we as black women and girls find space to breathe, be well and call home?”. This project takes place in public spaces throughout Oakland for the next two years culminating in a large durational performance in a house in Oakland in the fall of 2018.

Website: http://www.deepwatersdance.com

Tactic: Performance Ritual, Public Intervention

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