Live Artery: Poor Peoples TV Room

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Poor People’s T.V. Room (excerpt, 2015) is the latest collaboration between writer/performer Okwui Okpokwasili and director/visual designer Peter Born. Currently in development, the piece will explore the work of the Women’s Collective Action in Nigeria, informed by the 1929 Igbo Women’s War and the 2014’s Bring Back Our Girls movement. For Live Artery, Okpokwasili and Born will show film footage shot in Lagos that will visually inform the piece, followed by a reading by Okpokwasili (approx. 30 minutes). A moderated discussion with the artists will follow the presentation. Poor People’s T.V. Room will premiere in November 2016.

Poor People’s TV Room is produced by MAPP International Productions in association with New York Live Arts, with lead support from New York Live Arts Resident Commission Artist program.

It has been commissioned by the American Dance Institute and the Walker Center for the Arts. Poor People’s TV Room is a project of Creative Capital. It has received funding from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is supported by developmental residencies at The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL; Brooklyn Creative Arts LAB (BRIC) and 92Y in New York; The Rauschenberg Residency (Robert Rauschenberg Foundation) on Captiva Island, FL; and Wesleyan University in Middlebury, CT. 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.