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Open House 2016: Poor People's TV Room

  • Denniston Hill 343 Denniston Hill Road Woodridge, NY, 12789 United States (map)

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Poor People’s TV Room was a public performance by Okwui Okpokwasili, recipient of Denniston Hill’s inaugural Distinguished Performance Artist Award (DPAA), performed at our first Annual Open House.

As part of the DPAA award, Okpokwasili staged a “collective embodied performance” with a number of guests who volunteered to participate in the piece. The work, led by Okpokwasili, drew on material from a new performance Okpokwasili was developing while in residence at Denniston Hill. Poor People's TV Room, which premiered last fall, is a multi-media performance rooted in the kinetic history of collective action in Nigeria. It references two historic incidents in Nigeria: the Women's War of 1929, an anti-colonial resistance movement led by women, and the Boko Haram kidnappings which launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement. Poor People's TV Room not only excavates these historical events but underscores the ways that women of color have historically been--and continue to be--a catalyst for social change throughout the world.



Writer, choreographer, and performer Okwui Okpokwasili creates multi-disciplinary projects in partnership with Peter Born, her long-time collaborator. Their work has received numerous awards including a 2010 and 2014 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards for Outstanding Production for Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance and Bronx Gothic respectively.

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