Performance Category

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Wednesday 05 November, 2014

The door that opens you: Why Whippa Wiley brings you magic, fear and fancy

On a sunny day in September, at a rooftop party in Brooklyn, we are all swaying slower now. We are watching intently – with all of us, and not just our eyes. Whippa, Fluent and Kateri join Jidenna, the Master of Ceremony, in raising crowd participation. In the background, Nana is playing the Kendrick Lamar […]


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Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Marawa on Happiness and Hula-Hooping

There are some who find their niche in the vast world of art and creating and run with it. Far. They take the prosaic, something there, we all know, heard about, or even used, and they turn it into art or performance, a spectacle that draws people in. This is what Marawa did and does. […]


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Saturday 27 October, 2012

Visual Seduction: Holly Bass on Dance Theater & Performance Art

“I try to keep things simple and just describe myself as an artist.” Washington D.C.-based artist Holly Bass is a writer, performer, and director with an unstoppable abundance of creative talent. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Newsday, the Washington City Paper, The Crisis and was the first […]


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Friday 24 February, 2012

Make ‘em say LOL!: Yvonne Orji’s Tips for Newbie Comediennes

You don’t need to be dirty, you don’t need to embarrass yourself, you don’t need to be like anyone else. Here, Yvonne Orji, host of New York’s Limmerick House “Momma I Made It!” open mic, breaks down these and other secrets to a great comic performance. But you don’t have to be a comedienne to […]


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Monday 09 January, 2012

My Stage is My Home: Bergitta Victor on Performance, Growth and African Inspiration

A wise woman knows not to reveal too much, she is comfortable in her mystery. Bergitta Victor has a joyful youthful spirit and presence, but don’t let that fool you, there is definitely more than meets the eye. When I first heard Singer Bergitta Victor’s debut single, “Say Love,” from her latest album, So Happy, […]


Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Meet Ms. Paris

Post by LU Team Member Daisy Giles Alissa Paris Gilbert is one of a kind – that’s for sure. I remember the first time I saw her. I was taking a summer yoga class with a friend when I saw this tiny thing bounce into the room. Her flat top and neon spandex caught my […]


Tuesday 25 May, 2010

Dear Janelle Monáe,

Thank you for being you. Love, Kathryn … I really just want to encourage and inspire people to use their freedom in a positive way and in a way that is inspiring to other people. – Janelle Monáe On her MySpace page for Cindi Mayweather, her android alter-ego, Janelle Monáe explains why artistic freedom is […]


Monday 08 March, 2010

A Taste of Freedom, A Taste of Love–This poem is yours!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our potluck poem. We are so grateful and so full. Everyone’s words on freedom were inspiring and made us proud to be a part of Live Unchained. We are also happy that some of you were motivated to share more than the 1 to 2 lines we suggested. Unfortunately, […]


Thursday 10 December, 2009

She was Saartjie: Jessica Solomon Shares The Saartjie Project

Sara Baartman became popularly known as the “Hottentot Venus” throughout Europe in the 19th century. Many black women have been exposing her story, drawing connections between her experiences and their own, as well as identifying her by a different name–Saartjie. Jessica Solomon, along with other founding artists, formed The Saartjie Project, a Washington D.C. based performance collective […]


Friday 04 September, 2009

Lessons From a Madwoman: M. Nahadr Discusses Art, Self and Madwoman: A Contemporary Opera

Possessing a six octave range, Mem Nahadr’s voice is as powerful as her spirit with songs like “Stay.” I heard this song and felt like it was holding me in its arms… M has various passions and pursues them as a composer, performance artist, musician, actress, dancer, author, producer, audio engineer, filmmaker, graphic artist and […]