"The Gorgeous Offerings" are a series of rituals, sacred spaces, workshops, and community gatherings created to support healing from the loss and disorientation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to all, these events are created to respond to the particular burden of grief held in the BIPOC community, compounded by layers of embodied stress and disruptions to communal forms of mourning and healing.
The Black Ophelia: A Film Screening & Community Discussion
November 5 - 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm
The Black Ophelia chronicles a “grief walk” from the Black femme perspective, exploring the dignity of fragility in mourning. It is a collaborative, experimental work that weaves its documentary style into an expressionistic filmic ritual. This walk will facilitate a rite of celebration that restores cultural memory and legacy as a means for body-based healing from ambiguous loss. The Black Ophelia disrupts the erasure of ancestral cultures for Black Americans, and the consequent feeling of a lack of safety in contemporary society.
The short film will be screened at the CAC alongside a community discussion around the themes of the film. The speakers will include the film’s creators and others.
About "The Gorgeous Offerings"
"The Gorgeous Offerings," conceived by Renee Benson and co-produced by Jennifer Sargent, were born out of their theatrical creation, Requiem for a Stranger by Renee Benson and Vagabond Inventions. Together, these events will form a transmedia storytelling project offering an array of resources across the artists’ year-long Inter[SECTOR] residency, including: the episodic experimental film The Black Ophelia, accompanied by community dialogue around Black women’s birthright to fragility in mourning; integrative health sessions led by staff from the Center for Mind Body Medicine; and workshops on “Grief Mapping” and anti-colonial relationships to the land led by Raconteur Alaina Comeaux. The culmination of The Gorgeous Offerings will be the premiere of Requiem for a Stranger, a stage performance that explores the heartspace of grief.
More information about The Gorgeous Offerings and the collaborating artists can be found at requiemforastranger.com.
This program is part of Inter[SECTOR], the CAC’s three-year multidisciplinary arts programming centering cross-sector engagements with the fields of carceral justice, healthcare, and the environment. During the 2021-2022 season, Inter[SECTOR] examines the impact of mass incarceration on our community through performances, workshops, and virtual conversations created and led by women and non-binary artists alongside individuals impacted by the in justices in the prison system.