Feb 15, 2020

100 Years | 100 Women

An initiative of Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre

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Don’t miss a day of talks and performances by noted artists, thinkers and cultural leaders as they explore the complex legacy of the 19th Amendment 100 years after its ratification. Participants include photographer and scholar Deborah Willis, actor-activists Kathleen Turner and Tantoo Cardinal, spoken word performer Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja”, vocalist Martha Redbone, visual artist Renee Cox, performance artist Karen Finley, and community organizer De’Ara Balenger and many others.

This Symposium launches 100 Years | 100 Women, an initiative of Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre, and nine major cultural institutions including, The Apollo Theater, The Juilliard School, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, The Laundromat Project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, National Sawdust, New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture), and Urban Bush Women, who will collectively commission one hundred artists who self-identify as women to respond to this significant anniversary.

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company: Theatre in an Age of Xenophobia: The Legacy of Ellen Stewart

Join La MaMa for Session Two on February 15, 2020 at 4:00pm–8:00pm!

This evening’s conversation/performance with artists from the Trojan Women Project will focus on the immediacy of Stewart’s vision for international theatre. Ellen Stewart, the legendary founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, once said, “Art transcends politics”. What can this mean in our era of reinforced border walls and nationalistic jingoism?

Since 2014, the Trojan Women Project, a program of La MaMa, has been using La MaMa’s 1974 production of The Trojan Women, composed by Elizabeth Swados and directed by Andrei Serban, to create an international network for artists interested in using theatre the way Stewart intended – as a vehicle for understanding across, and in spite of, geographic, political, and social boundaries. The Trojan Women Project Festival at La MaMa this past December, which brought together artists from three post-conflict countries – Guatemala, Cambodia, and Kosovo – to join with performers here in NYC, evidenced how more than ever we need the community that theatre can provide.

Participants include George Drance, Sara Galassini, Kim Ima, Onni Johnson, Mattie McMaster, Valois Mickens and Bill Ruyle.

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