MOTHER TONGUE: POETIC TRIBUTE TO A TRIBUNAL, FOR BLACK WOMEN, REFUGEES OF A WORLD ON FIRE

MOTHER TONGUE: POETIC TRIBUTE TO A TRIBUNAL, FOR BLACK WOMEN, REFUGEES OF A WORLD ON FIRE

Mother Tongue Monologues is a multimedia production and performance which brings together actors, artists and activists who take the audience through journeys, moments, incidents and historical narratives giving new life to the struggles of our foremothers and  women of African descent today. Such centering of Black women in the midst of their own history and culture as people who contribute to the shaping of communities and to the building of nations, gives relevance to our full experience as an African Diaspora. Mother Tongue Monologues presents Black women as concrete cultural beings in the context of a definite cultural community. More and more, Mother Tongue Monologues is being heralded as a vehicle for addressing Black sexual politics in African American communities and for communicating Black feminist thought at the grassroots level.

Mother Tongue: Poetic tribute to a Tribunal, For Black Women, Refugees of a World on Fire

“Change don’t come easy. For anyone. But this state of war we live in, this world on fire provides us no other choice”. Cherrie Moraga, Refugees of a World on Fire, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.

WHAT IS MTM 2015? It is a multimedia production and performance with beautiful imagery, evocative music, and contemporary poets, actors and activists coming together at the National Black Theater of Harlem to take the audience through powerful journeys and moments of call and response about police and community violence against Black women. 

SHOULD I SEE IT? Yes. Rarely does one have the opportunity to experience anything like it.

Black women are calling for a Tribunal!We are removing the gags from our mouths, blasting locks off carefully constructed cages, reshaping the course and discourse of power, and are calling for justice.  This year’s performance is a bold response to the notion of Black women as mere support character, single-story protestor, quintessential grieving mother, sister or daughter. This February 2015, we speak also for ourselves, lift the silence shrouding narratives about centuries of genocide against women and girls, and highlight the complexity of our experiences as Black women, as central to that of any Black collective. We speak of our own pain as equal and central to that of any Black collective. In our uprising alongside brothers, alongside transgender sisters and in our protest, we name our unspoken names. Black girls willingly “die-in” for all, but no longer will we allow their own brutalization by police or community to remain in the shadows. No longer are we handing our bodies over to the struggle for justice simply to collapse on the front lines, invisible. A practice in radical politics, MTM 2015 on February 21, 2015 at the National Black Theater of Harlem also proudly interlocks with Black Lives Matter, honors its creators and positions race alongside gender, alongside sexuality, alongside immigration, alongside economic status, prison status, survivor status, and Black women emerge from a world on fire, as equally central—as the embodiment of revolutionary potential.

IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN? We ask parents and guardians to use their best judgment when choosing to bring children to MTM, because of the sensitive and the mature nature of the theme and language used.

IS THERE LIVESTREAMING? Although we’ve had live streaming challenges in the past, we have secured professional and quality live streaming capabilities.

WILL THERE BE A PRE-EVENT EXHIBIT? Yes, we would not disappoint our supporters and those who arrive iin the City early. A multi-media exhibit by Black women will open on February 20, 2015 at the Museum of Women’s Resistance. See Program.

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Mother Tongue ~ n. (1) one’s native language; (2) the first language learned and passed from one generation to the next; 2. natural language, tongue – a human written or spoken language used by a community.Mother Tongue Monologues is a multimedia production and performance which brings together actors, artists and activists who take the audience through journeys, moments, incidents and historical narratives giving new life to the struggles of our foremothers and  women of African descent today. Such centering of Black women in the midst of their own history and culture as people who contribute to the shaping of communities and to the building of nations, gives relevance to our full experience as an African Diaspora. Mother Tongue Monologues presents Black women as concrete cultural beings in the context of a definite cultural community. More and more, Mother Tongue Monologues is being heralded as a vehicle for addressing Black sexual politics in African American communities and for communicating Black feminist thought at the grassroots level. 

ALL THAT DIES AND RISES

All That Dies And Rises at the IATI Theater (64 E 4th Street): December 11-21, 2014. It is a co-production between M-34 and Cloud of Fools. Full information at M-34.org.

Choreography by Laura Butler Rivera, scenery by Kristen Robinson, lights by Bruce Steinberg, costumes by Olga Mill, sound by David Skeist, Michael Costagliola and Alex Clifford, stage management by Alejandra Maldonado, production management by Susan Hyon, technical direction by Harrison Beauregard, and publicity by David Gibbs/DARR Publicity.

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The production is devised by the ensemble: Christopher Cancel, Camber Donahoe, Jon Froehlich, Rachel Kodweis, Maury Miller, Casey Robinson and Emily Viancourt.

If you can dream it, we can make it real!