The Wait Room 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 f ractured by the carceral system. The work is Part One of Jo Kreiter’s "Decarceration Trilogy: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex One Dance at a Time."
The Wait Room 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. With this presentation of The Wait Room, the CAC broadens its engagement with New Orleans’ prison justice movement working to transform the conditions and policies that have led to Louisiana having the highest rates of incarceration in the nation.
September 24, 2021: Maryam Henderson-Uloho, Founder of SisterHearts Thrift Store
September 25, 2021: The Graduates and ACLU of Louisiana, feat. Alanah Odoms Hebert and friends
September 26, 2021: VOTE (Voice of the Experienced), feat. Norris Henderson and Bruce Reilly
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.
Watch: "Decarceration and the Arts" with Jo Kreiter and Guests
Inter[SECTOR]: "Decarceration and the Arts" is a 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.
- Part I with Alanah Odoms, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana
- Part II with Ivy Mathis, formerly-incarcerated activist
- Part III with Ausettua Amor Amenkum and Kathy Randels (The Graduates of New Orleans)
- Part IV with Maryam Henderson-Uloho and Kathy Randels (SisterHearts Thrift Store and The Graduates)
- Part V with Felicia Gomez and Fox and Rob Rich (ESSIE Justice Group and Participatory Defense NOLA)
- Part VI with Zoe Boekbinder (The Prison Music Project)
- Part VII with CAC exhibition artists Savannah Levin, Antonia Zennaro, and Gabrielle Garcia Steib
- Part VIII with Syrita Steib (Operation Restoration)
Please consider supporting our community partners who are working to end mass incarceration:
- ACLU of Louisiana
- VOTE (Voice of the Experienced)
- The Graduates
- SisterHearts Thrift Store
- ESSIE Justice Group
- Participatory Defense NOLA
- The Prison Music Project
- Operation Restoration