Okwui Okpokwasili's "Adaku’s Revolt"
TILT Kids Festival
Okwui Okpokwasili: Adaku’s Revolt (World Premiere of TILT Kids Festival Commission)
Thu, March 14, at 4:30 PM
Fri, March 15 & 22, at 6:30 PM
Sat, March 16 & 23, at 3 & 6:30 PM
Sun, March 17 & 24, at 3 PM
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street
Ages 7 & up
MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally. Creator and performer Okpokwasili and designer and director Peter Born collaborate on an interdisciplinary approach towards examining gender and culture through this captivating performance. The name Adaku, in the Igbo language spoken in Okpokwasili’s native Nigeria, means “one who brings wealth to the family.” In this narrative, Adaku’s wealth lies in protecting the precious landscape of her hair from existential threats. Often a young black girl with un-straightened hair is perceived by society as exuding signals of rebellion, unruliness, madness, and ugliness. Adaku’s Revolt tackles what it might mean for a young girl to feel healthy and free from pain, even if she risks being ostracized.
Adaku’s Revolt is commissioned for the TILT by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) with funding provided by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and created with support from the Abrons Arts Center through the Abrons AIRspace Residency Program.
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