The Art of Life After: Workshop Series was a weekend long event focused on survivorship of sexual violence that included healing workshops held on Saturday and Sunday April 16th and 17th, and a closing performance open to the public on Sunday evening 4/17.
Sunday 4/17; 5:00-8:30pm
45 Danforth Street Jamaica Plain MA
The ALA Closing Performance was a community celebration, free and open to the public, that completed a weekend of healing workshops. As with the rest of the Workshop Series, the closing performance focused on amplifying the voices and stories of PoC survivors of sexual violence.
We welcomed performances by Survivor Theatre Project, performance ensemble BlackOUT Boston, and author/activist Tabias Olajuawon Wilson. Before the performance we held a marketplace with skill sharing, arts, and tabling from community organizations from.
Survivor Theatre Project
The Survivors' Circus: Journey Through the Fog
Utilizing theatre, dance, percussive rhythms and the power of survivor archetypes, the creators spin an epic tale of magical realism that mirrors the brilliant and troubling complexities that survivors experience in a world that denies sexual trauma. Created by the Survivor Theatre Project Touring Company: Leila Zainab, Noemi Paz, and Vanity Reyes, with Director Sarvenaz Moshfegh Asiedu.
Survivor Theatre Project's mission is to bring survivors themselves into the center of the effort to break silence and end sexual violence through empowerment, creativity, and public performance.We are a performance company committed to survivor leadership in the movement to end sexual violence. We believe that art is a powerful tool for individual and collective transformation.
BlackOUT Boston's performance themes will range from exploring relationships, intimacy, the intersections of identity as Queer and trans POC, mental health, politics as it relates to the black body, sexual violence, and healing.
BlackOUT Boston is a performance ensemble made up of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Black individuals. Our work addresses racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, classism and how these forces of oppression dehumanize Black queer bodies. Through our art, we also share stories of our personal identities, of resilience, and of love. BlackOUT allows us- a group of young, Black, LGBTQ individuals- to come together, to heal, and to transform ourselves through community and art making. We share our stories through our performances, offering resonance and healing to audience members with shared experiences and education to those of different lived experiences.
Tabias Olajuawon Wilson
Tabias Olajuawon Wilson, author of Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows Survivance, will give a reading from his recently published book. Godless Circumcisions is a witty and forceful study of race, sex and politics in contemporary culture. Personal and poetic, these essays, poems and biographical trysts disrobe issues central to the black, queer and working class existences. Wilson speaks fluently—fluctuating between academic authority, queer griot and matter-of-fact honesty—to issues of racial-sexual terror; masculine anxiety; how Black men learn the erotic, sex and vulnerability; the stereotypes of Black and BlaQueer people in the United States. Paying special attention to the costs of assimilation—or cultural circumcisions—Wilson invites the reader on his personal and political journey to a practice of critical love ethics
Tabias Olajuawon (Wilson) is a 26 year old speaker, poet and scholar-activist. He is the author of Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows Survivance. His writings and commentary have been featured in Gawker, TheBody.com, BlaQueerFlow, RaceBaitr, Mic.com and Huffington Post among many others. Additionally, he has been honored and recognized as a “National Thought Leader” by the Association of Black Sexologists & Clinicians and as one the “Top 100 Emerging LGBTQ Leaders” by the White House Office of Public Engagement. A survivor of multiple racial-sexual assaults, Tabias’ work is situated on the collective humanization and healing of direct survivors, direct assailant and the community and nation as meta survivors and assailants. His work, through personal narrative and cultural and scholarly critique, encourages readers, students, community and co-producers of knowledge to reckon with the human and violator within us all, in order to reach a more just collective. The focus and origins of the conference resonates deeply with his belief that healing is best attained through a communal practice of love and truth telling.