October 20, 2016 7:30 pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Tickets: $5-$40 | Pay what you can |

Black community members from the Seattle area will use original storytelling to address State violence in collaboration with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors.

SEATTLE (September 29, 2016) — As part of a national effort to end State violence,  Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied will feature the stories of Black community members who have been targeted by law enforcement and denied basic human rights in a collaborative performance that amplifies experiences that are typically unseen and unheard.

This is the first time the Seattle community will participate in Patrisse Cullor’s national production, which has been performed in Los Angeles and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Seattle participants will tell their stories to help transform our community and create change as part of this performance which is directed by Cullors and co-produced by local artist C. Davida Ingram.

“Seattle is home to many talented black artists and community members who believe liberation is a creative act. Seattle is also part of a national effort to end overincarceration and criminalization for communities of color,” Ingram said. “The local victories for Block the Bunker and organizing to stop the youth jail were possible because of love and people who believe that Black Lives Matter. Power brings these three vital tools—love, community organizing and art—to bear and I am deeply excited about Patrisse Cullors helping to galvanize the work of our communities with her vision of art that heals.”

Participants’ personal narratives will be combined with live performance, spoken word and visual media as they become part of a collection of national reflections. Through their stories they will explore what it means to be Black in Seattle.

“The fight for collective wellbeing for our communities and an end to State violence not only requires clear strategy and organizing, it depends also on cultivating the creativity necessary to heal from past harms and envision a new future together,”  Cullors said.

Storytelling creates an opportunity for sharing, healing and progress. Theatre has a unique power that can move the national conversation on State violence against Black communities forward and into action. The stories in Power will speak directly to the brutality of State violence and offer a sense of resilience through community engagement and movement building.

About Patrisse Cullors:
Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter living and working in Los Angeles, Ca. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. She’s received many awards for activism and movement building, including being named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century.She has produced and developed many projects that have been displayed to both local and national audiences. Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied was developed during Cullors’ visiting fellowship at the Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership. The piece has been performed in two cities, with two different casts in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Los Angeles, Ca.

About C. Davida Ingram:
C Davida Ingram is an award-winning artist who is passionate about beauty and social justice. She is unapologetically black and uses her work to show ways to outwit white supremacy, including the dehumanizing way it shapes blackness. Ingram’s impulse is to imagine tactics to get free—not defining blackness for others. With this in mind, she uses unorthodox mediums—Craigs List ads, hypnosis, drones, cell phone videos among things to reshape what is possible in her own identification with being a black queer woman. Her art has been shown at the Frye Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Evergreen College, Bridge Productions, Intiman Theater, Town Hall and more. Her writings have been included in Arcade, Ms blog, James Franco Review and The Stranger. Ingram received the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Arts. She is a current Kennedy Center Citizen Artist fellow and was recently voted one of the 20 most talented people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.

About Intiman Theatre
Intiman Theatre is a community engaged and socially progressive theatre that produces an annual theatre festival that is exciting, relevant to our time and as diverse as the community in which we live. Intiman Theatre is a Tony Award-winning regional theatre and has presented over 200 productions to Seattle audiences. Intiman believes in the power of collaborative community storytelling. Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied is a chance for Seattle to create understanding and provide a much-needed space for healing. Through brave theatre like Power, audiences and participants can learn, grow and find paths to action.

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Share stories and create change at POWER: FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE OCCUPIED, Oct 20-21. Get your tickets today!

Amber Tafoya
Communications Manager
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Seattle, WA 98109

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