Poor People's TV Room
Poor People’s TV Room is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that investigates the tradition of women’s collective action in Nigeria. Informed by two historic incidents, the Women’s War of 1929 in Southeast Nigeria and the Bring Back Our Girls movement of 2014, the narrative plays out in an immersive dystopian environment where characters slip through the fissures of time, wandering in a bush of ghosts. In Igbo cosmology there are multiple planes, so there is the possibility of multiple spiritual deaths. Drawing on this belief and on Southeast Nigerian dance forms, performers emerge from and withdraw into spiritual husks/time travel machines. By engaging folklore, speculative fiction, and Igbo masquerade traditions, the project asks how the memory of collective action is retained and through what bodies it is recalled.
Peter Born is a director, designer and filmmaker. In addition to his work with Okpokwasili, he is currently collaborating with David Thomson on a cyc…
Apr 19 – Apr 29, 2017
Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born Premiere Their Creative Capital Project