I produce the work of dear friend and incredible artist, Okwui Okpokwasili. Okwui and Peter were previous parents at ICS, sweet Umechi is their daughter. Okwui is premiering a new piece next month and I would love for you and the family to attend, ages 7 and older welcome and encouraged! I know it will be powerful and thought provoking...and grounds for good discussions at home. Hope you can come experience!
MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally.
Creator and performer Okpokwasili and designer and director Peter Born collaborate on an interdisciplinary approach towards examining gender and culture through this captivating performance. The name Adaku, in the Igbo language spoken in Okpokwasili’s native Nigeria, means “one who brings wealth to the family.” In this narrative, Adaku’s wealth lies in protecting the precious landscape of her hair from existential threats. Often a young black girl with un-straightened hair is perceived by society as exuding signals of rebellion, unruliness, madness, and ugliness. Adaku’s Revolt tackles what it might mean for a young girl to feel healthy and free from pain, even if she risks being ostracized.
Friday, March 15 at 6:30pm
Saturday, March 16 at 3 & 6:30pm
Sunday, March 17 at 3pm
Friday, March 22 at 6:30pm
Saturday, March 23 at 3 & 6:30pm
Sunday, March 24 at 3pm
Abrons Arts Center