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BRONX GOTHIC DVD
“A haunting, unflinching exploration of black female adolescence, this dense work mined movement, text and song… blurring the real with the imagined… BRONX GOTHIC, a new documentary by Andrew Rossi, affords the closer look that the piece deserves… illuminating the relationships in particular between daughters and mothers, that orbit her process. Ms. Okpokwasili is as riveting in offstage moments as she is in performance.”
– Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
“Critics Pick. Director Andrew Rossi opts for an incisive structure that analyzes her work while exposing it to a broader audience. (Her) powerful performance is interspersed with excerpts from intense audience discussions and interviews that examine the personal and political context of her formidable work.”
– Serena Donadoni, Village Voice
Okwui Okpokwasili – actor, dancer, writer, performance artist, singer – stars in the one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. The New York Times called it “a mesmerizing and sometimes harrowing solo piece,” inspired by the performer’s Bronx childhood in the early 1980s: “Okpokwasili unveils, via crumpled pages of classroom notes, singing, movement and direct address, her semi-autobiographical tale of the Gordian knot between two 11-year-old girls…(laying) bare the love, trust, rivalry and rage between girls as they sexually awaken” (Tim Murphy, The New York Times). Rossi’s film lovingly embraces a performer who asks the audience: “Can I make all of you be born again as a black girl?” Just as Ta-Nehisi Coates’s writings demand that readers comprehend the dangers of being a black man, this artist’s riveting performance demands empathy for the poetry and pain of being a black girl.
DVD extras include:
-The Alphabet Song, an excerpt from the live performance of Bronx Gothic
-Okwui Okpokwasili Master Class
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