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Antioch College to present "Call & Response," a dynamic of black women and performance

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio— June 2, 2014—The Antioch College performance program is pleased to present Call & Response, a dynamic of black women and performance, held July 18-22 and August 23-24, 2014.

Part symposium, part residency, part festival, Call & Response is an innovative convening of black women and performance at Antioch College. Organized by Gabrielle Civil, Ph.D., associate professor of performance at Antioch College, this event welcomes to campus six diverse black women artists with distinct and different relationships to the words “black,” “women” and “performance.”

Participating artists include Gabrielle Civil (Yellow Springs, OH), Duriel E. Harris (Chicago, IL), Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle (Los Angeles, CA), Rosamond S. King (New York, NY), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Austin, TX), Miré Regulus (Minneapolis, MN) and Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, Puerto Rico).

July 18-22, 2014, Civil and the resident artists will engage each other, connect with Antioch College students and community members, and collaborate on a public “call”—a collective prompt for artistic action—which will be announced on the fifth day at Antioch College’s Community Meeting.

When the artists meet again August 23-24, 2014, they will present their own “responses” to the call in a showing of public performances. Antioch students will help coordinate the circulation of the call (on campus, in the community and online) and will have opportunities to develop and present their own responses.

Inspired by the signature African-American form of interactive performance, Call & Response will foster and build community, manifest experiential learning, and showcase cutting-edge performance practice at Antioch College.

All events are free and open to the public and will take place

in the Antioch Theater except where noted.

Friday, July 18 Community Life Reception for Call & Response Artists 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 19 Our Calling –Artists Presentations 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 20  Live Performance -“Sweep”-Wura Natasha Ogunji
**on the Antioch central quad**
2:00 PM
Monday, July 21 Collaborative Studio Session with Call & Response artists 6:30-7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 22 Round Table with Call & Response Artists
(Organized & Hosted by PERF 360 students)
10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  Announcement of the Call at Community Meeting 2:30 PM McGregor 113

 

About the artists

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist poet, conceptual and performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI. Recent works include “Fugue (Da, Montreal)” at the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Montreal (June, 2014), “Aide-mémoire” at the AfiRIperFOMA Biennal in Zimbabwe (November 2013) and a restaging of John Cage’s “How to Get Started” at Antioch College in (October 2013). She is developing the catalogue of her Fulbright Fellowship project In and Out of Place: Making Black Feminist Performance Art in Mexico and is circulating her performance memoir Swallow the Fish. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of two print collections: Drag and Amnesiac and a sound compilation “Black Magic” (Asian Improv Records). A poet, performer, sound artist and scholar, Harris is co-founder of the Black Took Collective and has been a member of Douglas Ewart and Inventions free jazz ensemble. With Scott Rankin, she is co-author of the poetry video Speleology (2011), a jury selection of many festivals. Selections from her One Act Play “Thingification” have been featured at the Babylon Theatre (Berlin), The Blue Note (Poznan), The Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco) and off-off Broadway at the 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival at the Wild Project.

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer. A mantra for her practice is the "Historical Present," as she examines the residue of history and its effect on our contemporary world perspective. She received her MFA in Art & Critical Studies/Creative Writing through the Interschool program at the California Institute of the Arts. Her artwork and experimental writing have been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA.   Hinkle was the youngest artist to participate in the multi-generational biennial Made in LA 2012.

Rosamond S. King is a performance artist, poet, and book artist. Her performance art has been presented by such venues as Exit Art, Dixon Place, and BAAD! (The Bronx Academy of Art and Dance) in places such as New York City (USA), Accra (Ghana), and Río Piedras (Puerto Rico). She has close ties to The Gambia and Trinidad and Tobago, and her work is deeply influenced by the languages and landscapes of these places and their communities there and in the diaspora.  She is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College and will present new work at the 2014 Encuentro Performance Festival in Montreal (Canada).

Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer.  Her works include videos in which she engages her body in explorations of movement and mark-making across water, land and air. These have screened at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Exit Art (New York), and in Palestine in the Video Art Festival /SI :N/2.  Ogunji’s performances include 'Sweep' (OWWA, Accra) and ‘Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?’ (Lagos). Ogunji received a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and is a selected Artist in Residence in the National Performance Network’s Visual Artist Network. She currently teaches performance through the Institute for Performing Justice at the University of Texas (Austin).    

Miré Regulus is a mover, writer, and theater: performance artist working at her fifth or sixth artistic incarnation. Most recently, she has presented work in the Pleasure Rebel series at Bryant Lake Bowl and in Laurie Carlos' Late Nite series. She has also studied with the Change Exchange program on L.A.'s Skid Row. She received a Jerome funded Pillsbury House’s Naked Stages grant in 2009, a Playwrights’ Center’s Many Voices Fellowship in 2012, and a Givens’ Black Writers Fellowship in 2013. Presently, she is working on a performance triptych about African American women, fairy tales/myths and transformation. Her performance work is marked by poetical prose, rich language and non-linear structure.

Awilda Rodríguez Lora is a performance artist, curator, yogi and creative facilitator committed to the creation and production of experimental art projects that ignite progressive conversations around gender, sexuality and race. Her work is rooted in action and mobilization as initiators of change; without action, no work can be done! Her performances incorporate dance, theater, visual and digital elements to provide an interactive experience for the spectator/witness.  An experienced collaborator with international artists and performers, she is currently based in Puerto Rico contributing to the creation of performances, spaces and projects where experimental, independent artists can share their work regardless of physical and financial limitations.  

 

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

 

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