The centerpiece of the CAC's Inter[SECTOR] 2021 programs, Jo Kreiter’s The Wait Room is a site-specific dance and aerial performance-based in the stories and experience of incarceration. Utilizing a large, hydraulic stage shaped as a clock dial, The Wait Room exposes the physical, psychic, and emotional burden of prison for women with incarcerated loved ones.
The performance incorporates dance, installation, an original score by Pamela Z, and oral history interviews with women whose families are fractured by prison. To this end, the work was created in partnership with Essie Justice Group, an organization of women with incarcerated loved ones.
Through the development and production of this project, the CAC broadens its engagement with New Orleans’ prison justice movement, seeking to transform the conditions and policies that have caused this state to have the highest rates of incarceration in the nation. Through the artist's voice, we aim to foster public awareness of these issues, provide relief and reflection for those daily engaged in reform and activist efforts, create opportunities for public advocacy around policy, and further artistic engagement locally with the challenging issues of mass incarceration.
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 20-21 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.
Watch: Decarceration and the Arts with Jo Kreiter
Inter[SECTOR]: Decarceration and the Arts is an ongoing conversation series featuring San Francisco-based artist Jo Kreiter, Artist Director of Flyaway Productions. In an effort to build community dialogue ahead of the CAC's presentation of The Wait Room, Jo engages with local and national artists and activists on the front lines of ending mass incarceration.