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Poor People’s TV Room SOLO

Poor People’s TV Room SOLO

Poor People’s TV Room SOLO

Poor People’s TV Room SOLO
February 5–6, 2019

Single Tickets: $25 | PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60 | PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

Okwui Okpokwasili is a performer, choreographer, and writer creating multidisciplinary performance pieces that centre the African and African American woman in divining vocabularies to explore the unruly interiority of the human condition. As the child of immigrants from Nigeria, born and raised in the Bronx, the reconstitution of memory and the slippery terrain of identity as a particular condition of the African diaspora  features prominently in much of Okpokwasili’s work. Her productions are highly experimental in form, bringing together elements of dance, theater, and the visual arts (with spare and distinctive sets designed by her husband and collaborator, Peter Born).

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

COUNTRY
USA

CURATED AND PRESENTED BY
The Power Plant

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
TD Ready Commitment

CO-PRESENTED BY
Civic Theatres Toronto

SCHEDULE
Tues / Feb. 5 / 7:30pm (+ post-performance talkback)
Wed / Feb. 6 / 7:30pm

DURATION
50 minutes

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

LANGUAGE
Performed in English

VENUE
The Franco Boni Theatre
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W

TICKETS
$25

Photo: Caitlin McCarthy

BOOK NOW
3-SHOW PASS

Poor People’s TV Room SOLO
February 5–6, 2019

Single Tickets: $25 | PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60 | PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

Okwui Okpokwasili is a performer, choreographer, and writer creating multidisciplinary performance pieces that centre the African and African American woman in divining vocabularies to explore the unruly interiority of the human condition. As the child of immigrants from Nigeria, born and raised in the Bronx, the reconstitution of memory and the slippery terrain of identity as a particular condition of the African diaspora  features prominently in much of Okpokwasili’s work. Her productions are highly experimental in form, bringing together elements of dance, theater, and the visual arts (with spare and distinctive sets designed by her husband and collaborator, Peter Born).

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

COUNTRY
USA

CURATED AND PRESENTED BY
The Power Plant

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
TD Ready Commitment

CO-PRESENTED BY
Civic Theatres Toronto

SCHEDULE
Tues / Feb. 5 / 7:30pm (+ post-performance talkback)
Wed / Feb. 6 / 7:30pm

DURATION
50 minutes

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

LANGUAGE
Performed in English

VENUE
The Franco Boni Theatre
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W

TICKETS
$25

Photo: Caitlin McCarthy

BOOK NOW
3-SHOW PASS