dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation
will have it's world premiere at

allgo: a Texas statewide QPOC organization
THANKS TO OUR 2018 MAP Fund Award. 

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dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation is a gathering place. 
A world at the bottom of the Ocean - where all there is is Love. 
A place for communities to come together and grieve, and share and celebrate and feel held and seen
to Witness/to heal/to recalibrate.

The film below documents the first time dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation collaborators Sharon Bridgforth, Sonja Perryman and Walter Kitundu worked in person together on the Performance Installation. This work happened during a four day intensive working retreat in Chicago in August 2017. Film and editing by Diana Alvarez. 

The Performance Installation is a collaboration between Sharon Bridgforth, her daughter Sonja Perryman and 2008 MacArthur Fellow, Walter Kitundu. During a long, ongoing developmental process Sharon and Sonja explored their family experiences and mythologies, experimented with interactive modes of engaging audiences, and determined that the Performance Installation would have stations including:
Mourning; Clearing; Gathering; Blessing; and Oracles. 

Sonja and Walter collaborated to compose and record songs - that Sharon wrote during the early developmental processes - with Sonja singing, with Walter playing the music (on instruments that he built).  

 Walter - a sound artist, installation artist, and inventor of original musical instruments that navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance - is creating everyday objects that come alive through engagement to activate interaction at the stations. Original music, oracle readings, and shape shifting objects invite audiences to build, share, hold space, witness each other . . . and therein activate a more humane and expansive/collective experience. 

May 2018, Sharon is having a blast offering dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Readings, dem Mermaids Blessings and music from dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation in Molly Van Avery's (Tiny) Poetry House in Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis. 




SHARON BRIDGFORTH: A 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist, 2016 Creative Capital Artist, New Dramatists alumnae and recipient of funding from The Whitman Institute, Sharon is a writer that collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her non-linear texts. A touring artist since 1991, Sharon’s work has been presented nationally at venues including: New York’s SummerStage Festival; Pillsbury House Theatre; Links Hall; allgo, and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. An imagined dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home performance is published in Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage. MORE HERE.

WALTER KITUNDU: Walter creates kinetic sculptures and sonic installations, develops public works, builds (and performs on) extraordinary musical instruments, while studying and documenting the natural world. He is the inventor of a family of Phonoharps, multi-stringed instruments made from record players that rely on the turntable’s sensitivity to vibration. Kitundu has created hand-built record players driven by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. In 2008 he received a prestigious  MacArthur Fellowship in recognition his work and creative potential. MORE HERE.

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SONJA PERRYMAN: Sonja graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama, and went on to perform in numerous critically acclaimed theater productions throughout New York City. After working as an actress, teaching artist, and workshop facilitator for almost ten years, she received a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in 2015, and recently worked with the Fielding School’s Diversity Committee, where she conducted research and helped plan numerous school-wide diversity initiatives. Sonja now works in development and research for Wise Entertainment, where she is thrilled to combine what she loves most: storytelling and research. MORE HERE.