The Wait Room

By Flyaway Productions

The Wait Room is a multidisciplinary dance work that exposes the physical, psychic, and emotional burden on women with incarcerated loved ones. Utilizing a large hydraulic stage shaped as a clock dial, the performance incorporates dance, installation, an original score by Pamela Z, and oral histories of women whose families are fractured by the carceral system.

Admission is complimentary for prison-impacted individuals and employees of organizations that are working to end mass incarceration in Louisiana. Interested in bringing a group? Contact us at

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The Wait Room, featuring dancer Sonsherée Giles

The Wait Room is Part One of Jo Kreiter’s "Decarceration Trilogy: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex One Dance at a Time." The work was created in partnership with ESSIE Justice Group, an organization of women with incarcerated loved ones that addresses the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration.

As part of the CAC's Inter[SECTOR] program, this performance broadens engagement with New Orleans’ prison justice movement that is working to transform the conditions and policies that have led to Louisiana having the highest rates of incarceration in the nation. Learn more about Inter[SECTOR]

Pre-Performance Talks

Each performance of The Wait Room will be preceded by a moderated conversation featuring local artist and activist partners who are on the frontlines of ending mass incarceration.

  • Friday, May 27 at 7:30 pm: Bruce Reilly, Norris Henderson, and Ivy Mathis (Voice of the Experienced)
  • Saturday, May 28 at 5 pm: Ausettua AmorAmenkum, Kathy Randels, and Michelle Allen (The Graduates Rising)
  • Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 pm: Tuere Burns, MEdFounder/Executive Director, BAR NONE by DeSign
  • Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 pm: Maryam Henderson-Uloho (SisterHearts Thrift Store)
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Masterclass with Artist Jo Kreiter

Creator of The Wait Room by Flyaway Productions
Thursday May 26, 2022
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The Wait Room was supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew Mellon Foundation); the Zellerbach Foundation; the NEA; Grants for the Arts; the California Arts Council; Pacific Eagle; and Eaton Workshop.

This presentation of The Wait Room at the CAC, as part of the Inter[SECTOR] program, is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation).

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Welch Family Foundation
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Eaton Workshop
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