Seattle Black Arts and Culture: Dispersed-A Ritual Poetic Drama
March 18 @ 7:00 pm - March 25 @ 8:00 pm PDT
The Womxn of Region Six
March 18 – 25, 2023
7:00 PM nightly
What does it mean to Black and Womxn in this world?
Dispersed is a theatrical celebration of the diverse experiences and expressions of Womxn of the African Diaspora.
Dispersed: The Womxn of Region Six is a collaborative work that features music, dance, drum, and community as we traverse the diverse existence and the commonalities of Black Womxn of the African Diaspora (Region Six of the African Union). In March 2023, the audience will be engaged as participants are encouraged to talk back, sing with, and play with the performers. The stage will be percussive, and the costumes a rainbow of brown and melanin, the eternal spirits of life and death completing the circle as we cycle through into transformation.
Asé Theatre and Langston Seattle partnered for a process that culminates in this theatrical experience. February 20, 2021, we hosted an all-day virtual convening of Black Womxn; 3 workshops, 9 performances, and a panel with Roxane Gay and Ijeoma Oluo inspired participants to write their perspectives and experiences as Black Womxn, those writings were submitted. The dramaturgy and writing phases took place summer of 2021 and along with the writings from February convening were crafted into a script, with 9 original songs. A staged reading was filmed on the Langston stage in October 2021 and shared with a limited audience for feedback. This summer that script will be revised and devised with a dedicated group of Black womxn performing artists taking the words from the page to the stage and creating theatrical modalities and devices to be integrated into the world premiere to be held at Langston, in Seattle, March 2023
Asé Theatre (formerly Griot Girlz) and Langston have partnered to facilitate the process that will culminate in this theatrical experience.