Women Crossing the Line: A Performance Festival is billed as a day-long festival to celebrate women creators breaking down the barriers of gender, while crossing cultural barriers.
The cutting-edge performances promise to challenge the imagination and increase the understanding of both arts and the world.
The event takes place Nov. 17 at the Broward County Library.
Attendees can expect storytelling through visual theater from musicians, dancers, and performers from different genres. This performance festival will offer the audience both seriousness and whimsy; wisdom and wonder.
“We wanted to see something happen that’s a celebration of the power and creativity of women in this time,” said Jean Minuchin, Director of World and Eye Arts Center. “With what’s been happening in the world at this time, we wanted to do something positive through the arts.”
Minuchin is also among the performers. “I am a performance artist who works with puppetry, video, and storytelling,” she said. “I tell short parables about the world as I see it and some of the struggles that we’re having with greed and the destruction on the planet. I tell them through little fables.”
Poet Marie Whitman is also part of the show. She is a performance artist who combines words with movement. “These are contentious times,” Whitman said. “Socially, politically, universally and personally, things have felt heightened, urgent, pressing. As both a performer and co-producer of this performance festival, I wanted to channel my energy, frustration, fear and faith into acts of creation. As of late we have seen women speaking forth, crossing lines, lines that were perhaps drawn for them by someone else. One of the bravest things we can do right now as women is to keep our hearts open and keep creating. Gathering powerful, professional, potent women artists to offer inspiring work to the community, is a sacred, communal and transformational act - for the audience and the artists!”
Other performers include:
Inez Barlatier – Singer/Songwriter of Haitian decent whose love of the African Diaspora is fused in her multi-cultural rhythmic music.
Renee Chavez –Choreographer/Dancer/Director of African-Indigenous Traditional Dance, from a long line of women, the original Sangre de Cristo.
Jenny Larsson – Dancer/Choreographer who is also a filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is a 2017 Cultural Consortium recipient and winner of multiple grants.
Zynzelay Whittsett – uses the ancient, futuristic tradition of art as a tool for healing and community development; utilizing various mediums including music, dance, visual arts and the written word.
Magali Wilensky – Wilensky’s work includes installation and performance art directly engaging with audiences through sound, movement, and visual art as a healing force.
“We are presenting an artist of Haitian descent, an artist originally from Argentina and another from Sweden, just to name a few,” Whitman said. “In these times of immigration discourse and questions and conflicts about what it means to be truly ‘American’ we are particularly proud that our performance festival is a true melting pot!”
If You Go:
What: Women Crossing the Line: A Performance Festival
When: Sat, Nov. 17, Noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Broward County Library - 1st Floor Auditorium
100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $20 ($12 for students and seniors)
More Info: Womens-performance-festival.eventbrite.com