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A Meditation on Tongues: Ni’Ja Whitson | The NWA Project

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Flexible Theatre
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

A 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial event 

A Meditation on Tongues is a live interdisciplinary adaptation of Marlon T. Riggs’ iconic Tongues Untied (1989).  Part abstract, part performance ritual, part live and historical document, this rigorously layered interdisciplinary project (re)images Black and Queer masculinities. It struts. It snaps. It frames new questions about loss at the height of the AIDS pandemic, while challenging constructions of Black love of/as revolution.  A bold deconstruction of Riggs’ collectivist aesthetics and a raw invocation that shape shifts gender, sexuality, and the body, A Meditation on Tongues, remixes historic and embodied invisibilities, spilling between the spaces of mourning and celebration.

Please note: there is nudity in this performance.

Photo credit: Ian Douglas

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Department of Performing and Media Arts, Cornell Council for the Arts


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