Bessie Award-winning artist Okwui Okpokwasili integrates movement, song, text, and visual imagery in Poor People’s TV Room, giving voice to the oppressed while shedding light on women’s enduring power. Inspired by Nigerian political history, the performance integrates the buried narratives of women in the country and how it resonates with present actions and political resistance throughout the world. The performance was inspired by two historic incidents in Nigeria: the Women’s War of 1929, a resistance movement against British colonial powers; and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than 300 girls which launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement. Women have been central to these campaigns, and have played essential and powerful roles in Nigeria’s independence.
Ultimately Poor People’s TV Room envelopes the viewer in a multidimensional world to look at issues of gender, culture, identity and women’s strength where the past is alive and unleashed in the present.
Wed, May 9: $15 in Advance / $20 at the Door
Thu, May 10: $20 in Advance / $25 at the Door
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Take a quick look at each day’s programs below. For the full schedule, see the TRANSFORM Fest page.
7:30PM — YBCA Forum
Post-Show Talk: Roger Guenveur Smith and Sean San Jose
Photo: Paul B. Goode
The presentation of Poor People’s TV Room was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The Performance Season is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Performances: Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.