Bronx Gothic reveals an impassioned coming of age story as notes are surreptitiously passed between pre-teen girls. Using song, stories, and movement, Okpokwasili chronicles the sexual awakening and exploits of two 11-year-olds living in the Bronx. Recalling the West African griot storyteller tradition, the show features an intensely physical solo performance by Okpokwasili, with direction and visual design by Bessie Award winner Peter Born. (Mature content, not recommended for children).
Okpokwasili has been celebrated for her work with Ralph Lemon, Julie Taymor, Nora Chipaumire, Young Jean Lee and Dean Moss, among others. Bronx Gothic is
her second solo performance project, after pent-up: a revenge dance (which received a 2010 BESSIE Award for Outstanding Production) and second collaboration with visual designer, filmmaker and director Peter Born.
Okwui Okpokwasili is a New York-based writer, performer and choreographer. In partnership with collaborator Peter Born, Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary projects that are raw, intimate experiences. Their first New York production, pent-up: a revenge dance premiered at Performance Space 122 and received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Outstanding Production; an immersive installation version was featured in the 2008 Prelude Festival. Bronx Gothic is their second collaboration, which continues to tour nationally and internationally. Their current project in development is Poor People’s TV Room; an early iteration was presented by Lincoln Center in the David Rubinstein Atrium in June 2014.
When: Thursday, February 25, 26 & 27, 2016 – 7:30pm
Where: Ferst Center for the Arts – 350 Ferst Drive Northwest Atlanta, GA 30332 ( Directions )