“Okpokwasili is quite simply a virtuoso, an exquisite singer, speaker, writer, mover, a siren who draws us to danger.”
In association with REDCAT, the Center for the Art of Performance is pleased to support the presentation of CAP resident artist Okwui Okpokwasili’s newest work, Poor People’s TV Room. Okpokwasili uses an interdisciplinary, intensely visual and textured lens to look at issues of gender, culture and identity as they are expressed in American and global contexts. Rooted in the kinetic history of collective action in Nigeria, Poor People’s TV Room draws from historical events to explore the amnesia around collective action initiated by African women and builds a narrative around the impact of that erasure. Through choreography, song, text and film, Poor People’s TV Room crosses disciplines to create a visceral performance where the past is alive and unleashed in the present.
Funds provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual & Performing Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) through the National Dance Project.
Additional funds were provided by The Surdna Foundation in support of CAP UCLA’s CODA21 initiative.