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2-Day Workshop with Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born

  • MATCH ​​​​​​​3400 South Main Street Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)

Mar 20 + 21 | 4pm
MATCH Rehearsal Room
3400 South Main Street

The Mitchell Center and Project Row Houses invite you to participate in a 2-day movement and performance workshop with artists Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born on Tue, Mar 20 and Wed, Mar 21. All are invited to attend with a focus on WOC, POC, and Nigerian or Nigerian-American identifying people. Open to ages from HS/college students to adults. No performance experience necessary.

The ideas explored in the workshop are inspired by the Southeast Nigerian practice amongst women called “Sitting on a Man’s Head” in which women came together, directed their voices, and shared grievances to government officials in positions to address these grievances. This was a space for women to hear each other and have their voices affirmed. How is agreement reached through this process? How are dance, speech, and music generated in this space?

Through this workshop, Okpokwasili and Born will establish a collective core for a performance project to premiere during the April 2019 CounterCurrent festival. Co-hosted by Project Row Houses and the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and support in part by the NEA.