Live Artery: Poor People’s TV Room (work-in-progress)
New York Live Arts Studios
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Okwui Okpokwasili’s multi-disciplinary performance piece Poor People's TV Room considers the collective amnesia around women's resistance movements in Nigeria, from the Igbo Women’s War of 1929 to the recent Boko Haram kidnappings and the “save our girls” campaigns. With collaborator Peter Born, she creates a dystopian narrative where characters slip through the fissures of time, wandering in a bush of ghosts.
Poor People’s TV Room is produced by MAPP International Productions. It is commissioned by New York Live Arts. It is also supported by developmental residencies at The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL; Brooklyn Creative Arts LAB (BRIC) in New York; The Rauschenberg Residency (Robert Rauschenberg Foundation) on Captiva Island, FL. It is also part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program. An early work-in-progress iteration of Poor People’s TV Room was presented by Lincoln Center in the David Rubinstein Atrium in June 2014.