Okwui Okpokwasili

Okwui Okpokwasili: Poor People's TV Room

"As dense and delicate as a centuries-old tapestry...she can’t tame her magnificence."  —The New York Times

“Okpokwasili is quite simply a virtuoso, an exquisite singer, speaker, writer, mover, a siren who draws us to danger.”

Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles Premiere

Co-Presented with CAP UCLA in association with Show Box LA / we live in space as part of the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series.

Known for her intensely powerful performances, Bessie Award–winning Okwui Okpokwasili (featured at REDCAT in Ralph Lemon’s How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere) considers the collective amnesia around the Nigerian women’s resistance movements of the past century. Okpokwasili uses an interdisciplinary, intensely visual and textured lens to look at issues of gender, culture and identity as they are expressed in American and global contexts.With collaborator Peter Born, she mixes ritualistic and hallucinogenic movement, song, video, and text, creating a dystopian narrative in which characters slip through the fissures of time to wander in a bush of ghosts.

This presentation of Poor People’s TV Room was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funds were provided by The Surdna Foundation in support of CAP UCLA’s CODA21 initiative.



Associated Images: 

THU 2/8
8:30 pm
FRI 2/9
8:30 pm
SAT 2/10
8:30 pm
SUN 2/11
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff