May 18 - June 8

Wed-Sun at 7:30 PM

Priestess of Twerk: A Black Femme Star Temple + Wisdom School

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The Space at Irondale

85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn

New York, NY 11217

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Nia Witherspoon’s new work, Priestess of Twerk: A Black Femme Star Temple + Wisdom School is a ritual-opera and a temple that merges African traditional religious approaches to healing and Black feminist theologies to both envision and enact a more evolved world through embodied experiences.

By centering all radical forms of Black femme agency across time, including dreamwork, coming to voice, creative expression, sacred sexuality, and gender affirmation, Priestess of Twerk takes witness-participants on a journey populated with glorious music, spell-casting choreography, and their own personally tailored guidance throughout the piece, teaching the inter-relationship between Black Femme health and the health of our planet.

Priestess of Twerk is a ritual re-telling of ancient Egyptian goddess Isis’ journey to the underworld, told through the lens of contemporary Black feminist text, The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara, and narrated by The Mothermind, the collective consciousness.

Priestess of Twerk can be experienced in two ways:

- After a unique divination experience during their ticket purchase, audiences on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will be guided into a functional temple to participate in a 4-hour long ritual opera event that places them in one of the temple’s seven chambers.

- Audiences on Wednesdays and Thursdays will experience a two-hour Song Circle of Priestess of Twerk that highlights music from the ritual-opera inside participatory communal ceremony.

Commissioned, developed, and produced by HERE Artist Residency Program.


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