Jasmine Davis is a Transwoman of Color and has been working in public health for three years. She is an advocate and leader, currently collaborating with https://or-nola.org/ on CANS Can’t Stand.Karel Sloane-Boekbinder has been working as a performing and visual artist since 1987. She is an EMC SAG Eligible actor represented by the Atherton Group for film and television.
Awilda Rodriguez Lora
Awilda Rodríguez Lora is a blackborimex performance choreographer and cultural worker. Rodríguez Lora’s work challenges misconceptions about womanhood through the exploration of sexuality, empowerment, and self-determination. These concepts are explored through the use of movement, sound, and video as well as through a methodology she calls the “economy of living”--which can either potentiate or subtract from her body’s “value” in the contemporary art market. As the founder of La Rosario, a queer feminist residence in Santurce(Puerto Rico), Rodriguez Lora is committed to further studying how artistic economies can be harnessed to support alternative forms of living that are rooted in communality, creativity, and social justice.
Ashley Wilkerson a native Texan, graduated from the acclaimed Arts Magnet in Dallas, as a Theater Major. She attained her B.A. in Cultural Studies and Media from The New School in NYC. She has had principal roles in an array of theatrical, commercial and film productions, and was commissioned by SDCC to write and tour her solo show, Freckle In My Eye. She is the author of two books of poetry and her latest, Reverence, will be released in 2020, through World Stage Press. As a trauma-informed meditation teacher and founder of Brother Breathe, Ashley has also been hired as consultant and vibe specialist to influence the culture of various organizations.
VESSELS is a seven-woman harmonic meditation on the transcendental possibilities of song during the Middle Passage. Experienced within an interactive and acoustically rich sculptural environment that invokes those infamous ships, this interdisciplinary ritual performance explores singing as a survival tool and asks, “What does freedom sound like in a space of confinement?” Vessels conjures two worlds: the carceral world of the slave ship, a physical and psychic floating prison; and the world of the spirit, a place of freedom. Vessels is a work of speculative history. As such, we do not seek to re-stage the Middle Passage. Rather, we attempt to invoke and transmute its cultural, psychic, and spiritual wounds as an act of remembrance and imagination, and to contribute towards intergenerational healing.
A Scribe Called Quess? preforming an excerpt of America, What's in Your Name?
A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright and activist. He is afounding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), New Orleans’ national poetry slam champion team (2010, 2012, 2013). His theater work includes “Lockdown,” (Junebug Productions), “Rumors of War” (ArtSpot Productions), Angola 3 (Poetic Panther Productions) and others. He has produced two books of poetry, Blind Visionz, and Sleeper Cell. He is a DISTILLERY residency recipient, where he work-shopped his first upcoming stage play, “Crossroads.” He is currently a Hewlett50 Commissions recipient along with PolicyLink as lead artist of their “We the 100 Million” project.
Shannon Stewart preforming an excerpt of Screaming Traps
Shannon Stewart / Screaming Traps explores the intersection of dance with embodied identities and social choreographies. She works across and through disciplines but her creative practice is body-centered.
Shannon was born in the South and came of age as an artist in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco, and Europe. She received her MFA from Tulane University in Interdisciplinary Dance Performance, and her BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington. She is a core mentor of the experimental dance program ROAR Berlin and an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University. Shannon has been based in New Orleans since 2015.
Nick Daniels/The DANA Movement Ensemble preforming an excerpt of “Spangled” from “American Safari”
Considered a pioneer in the Pittsburgh dance scene, Nick M. Daniels is the founding Artistic Director of the D.A.N.A. Movement Ensemble (Dancers Against Normal Actions) which he started in 1991. With over 30 years of dance and choreography experience, he has reemerged after a 20+year hiatus. Since returning in 2016 his choreographic style continuously has developed. His style is based on butoh, African, modern and contemporary styles based on pure raw emotion. His creativity often entices the use of soundscapes and video imagery. His dancing career began at a young age, as a student in McKeesport High School where he began developing and perfecting various styles of dance. The now Pittsburgh resident has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University and started the DANA Movement Ensemble prior to graduation. Along with his Company he has received many awards, accolades and favorable reviews from across the country.
¡Oye! Group, Artistic Director Modesto "Flako" Jimene preforming an excerpt of Taxilandia.
Heart Stück Bernie/Sarah Beth Oppenheim performing an excerpt of Heart Stück Bernie is a Sharp Tooth Winkle.