Junebug Productions presents Power of the Black Feminine, a curated evening of original works performed by Marguerite Hemmings, Rebecca Mwase and KM Dance Project. We invite audiences to explore the lived experiences of black women and the many conflicts around beauty, image, power and liberation. #PoweroftheBlackFeminine
Excerpt of Visible by Nora Chipaumire and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Performed by Marguerite Hemmings
Inspired by the narratives of immigrants’ experiences in the United States and of African-Americans who traveled to the Midwest and north during the Great Migration, the work was informed by the personal narratives of the choreographers and cast and explores the loneliness of being a foreigner - of being “other.”
Excerpt of we free by Marguerite Hemmings
An exploration of the milennial generation’s take on liberation, this “experimental dancehall” performance challenges the norms and expectations of how we express ourselves.
Boschimanne: living curiosities by KM Dance Project
An exploration of the story of Sara “Saartjie” Baartman (Hottentot Venus) through movement with a focus on the exhibition of the African American female body image and the establishment of European ideas of black female sexuality.
Looking at a Broad by Rebecca Mwase
A layered choreo-poetic solo performance that invites audiences to question, witness and engage the multiple oppressions, expectations and constructions of race, gender, sexuality faced by black women living in the United States.
Based in New Orleans, LA, Junebug Productions is a presenter and producer of performing arts that seeks to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community. Through interrogation, we challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society. Founded in 1980, Junebug Productions is the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater which was formed in 1963 to be a cultural wing of SNCC and went on to become a major influence in the Black Arts Movement.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and with support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program and Community Fund. For more information: www.npnweb.org. This project is also supported by the Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance program made possible with support from Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation