. . . and then God created woman
"Thandiwe Shiphrah's spoken and sung word performance, "...And Then God Created Woman," is simply the most moving, awe-inspiring performance of its kind that I've ever witnessed. Thandiwe's blend of original poetry both tender and whimsical, song, movement and sound created a life-giving experience at our conference that participants cited as one of their greatest experiences. Her performance utterly captivated all of us, and catalyzed us to listen more deeply to our own and each others' stories."
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., Transformative Language Arts of Goddard College's The Power of Words Conference 2005
. . . and then God created woman is a touring collaborative theater project and a dynamic synthesis of poetry, monologue, music, and sound. It narrates how one woman overcomes a series of devastating romantic relationships to emerge as an agent of positive change in her community and our world. Told alternatively by Weird, an ancient wordsmith and Tale (pronounced Ta-leh), an emerging artist, the work explores the transformative power of poetry, music, and visual art and their connections to memory, spirituality, and human development. The core narrative can accommodate the work of several “voices and visions,” with parts for local actors/spoken word artists, vocalists, dancers, and musicians. Thandiwe Shiphrah, working in week-long residencies (with composer Daniel Arite), will integrate material by artists who live in the cities where the project is to be performed. . . . and then God created woman employs a structured but flexible compositional form (called audio collage) that allows various elements of musical theater (monologue/dialogue/music/dance) to be woven into the core narrative. The production features original music, creative costuming, and imaginative stage settings. Each performance will be a unique experience that brings a message of oneness, celebrates women’s creativity and honors humanity’s connection to the earth, our ancestors, each other, and to future generations.
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