Performing Arts Series: Poor People's TV Room by Okwui Okpokwasili

Electrifying the voices of the forgotten and oppressed.

Poor People’s TV Room by Okwui Okpokwasili

Fri-Sat | Feb 23-24, 2018 | 8 PM | Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

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A multi-generational ensemble of women performed movement, song, and text influenced by dystopian folklore, speculative fiction, Igbo cosmology, and the futures and commodities markets. Bessie Award-winning artist Okwui Okpokwasili created Poor People’s TV Room with director/visual designer Peter Born, inspired by two historical events in Nigeria: The Women’s War of 1929, a resistance movement against British colonial power, and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than 300 girls that launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement. 

Roundtable with Okwui Okpokwasili and Company

Sun | Feb 26, 2018 | 11 AM - 1 PM | Dorothy Vernon Room, New Dorm

This open roundtable will engage Okwui Okpokwasili, her company, and participants in questions related to her process and performances. 

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The presentation of Okwui Okpokwasali - 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.