Featuring Performances by:
| Bette Bourne and Paul Shaw of Bloolips | Carmelita Tropicana | The Colorado Sisters (Hortencia & ElVira Colorado) |
| Taylor Mac | SilverCloud Singers | Split Britches | A Tribe Called Red | The Talking Band |
Come help celebrate 40 years of a beloved stalwart of New York’s downtown scene. A gala theatrical evening of tributes by stellar admirers internationally honors Spiderwoman’s contributions to Native, feminist, and avant-garde theatre. Samples of the collective’s unforgettable “storyweaving” will manifest the magical spell that can be summoned, with everything climaxing in a rousing dance party by First Nations electronic group – A Tribe Called Red.
ONE NIGHT ONLY of outrageous performances by Aanmitaagzi, Alessandra Belloni, Bloolips, Carmelita Tropicana, Coatlicue Theatre, Josephine Tarrant, Kevin Tarrant and the SilverCloud Singers, Lacey Hill, Laura Ortman, Leaf Arrow Theatre, Louis Mofsie, Monique Mojica, Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Soni Moreno, Split Britches, Talking Band, Taylor Mac, Thunderbird Sisters … and Spiderwoman Theater!
Spiderwoman Theater was founded in 1976, when Muriel Miguel gathered together a diverse company of women which included both of her sisters. They were of varying ages, races, sexual orientation, and worldview. The collective sprang out of the feminist movement of the 1970s and the disillusionment with the treatment of women in radical political movements of the time. They questioned gender roles, cultural stereotypes, and sexual and economic oppression. They took on issues of sexism, racism, classism, and the violence in women’s lives. Their weaving of humor with popular culture and personal histories along with their sometimes shocking style excited the hearts and spirits of the women (and sometimes the men) in their audiences, in the United States, Canada and all over the world.
Find out more online on the Spiderwoman Theater website.
“Spiderwoman Theater, North America’s longest-running Indigenous theater collective, celebrates its 40th anniversary this week.”
“Interview: Longest–Running Native Theater Company is Celebrated with Performances at La MaMa”
“Hailed by The Public Theater‘s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis as ‘one of the most influential Native Theatre companies in the history of the country,’ Spiderwoman is renowned for wit, humanism, and urgent originality. The celebration will also feature sets by Obie Award-winning experimental groups Talking Band and Split Britches’ Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw.”
“New York’s downtown theatre scene, will celebrate 40 years of remarkable performances with a gala celebration at the landmark East Village venue La MaMa on Tuesday, September 19.”
“This colorful and impassioned one-night celebration of Spiderwoman – the world’s longest-running Native American theatre company, and one of America’s longest continuously active feminist performance collectives – is presented by La MaMa in association with Spiderwoman Theater, and produced by Loose Change Productions.”