If we women are to get basic, then surely the first job is to find out what liberation for ourselves means, what work it entails, what benefits it will yield -Toni Cade Bambara
In the preface to her seminal collection, The Black Woman: An Anthology, Bambara asserts a call to arms. “Get Basic!”, she tells us daughters of Diaspora. We are basic when we confront our complexities. We are basic when we radically challenge oppressive forces with love. We are basic when we (re) claim spaces for ourselves. These spaces most certainly include our bodies.
In this tradition of reclamation (and proclamation), The Body Ecology Performance Ensemble will debut RingShout for Reproductive Justice: FREEBIRTH at the WOW Cafe Theater in New York City. Honoring the creative, spiritual, scholarly, and radical lived experiences of black women, The Body Ecology Performance Ensemble is getting basic through a variety of artistic mediums.
RS4RJ is dedicated to utilizing integrated cultural arts-based processes to explore the personal, political, spiritual, creative, economic and environmental factors impacting the reproductive health of black girls and women. – The Body Ecology Performance Ensemble
FREEBIRTH premieres Friday March 9th at 7pm with an encore performance on Saturday March 10th. Tickets are $10 in advanced and $15 the night of each performance. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! WOW Cafe Theater is located at 59-61 East 4th St., 4th Floor in Manhattan.
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