Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free, tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Related event: love conjure/blues presented by Harvard’s BlackC.A.S.T., April 13-15, 21-22.
A 2016 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 Creative Capital awardee, Sharon Bridgforth collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts. In this artist talk, she will focus on the process of using theatrical jazz performance methodologies to explore Black American migrations queerly, sharing images and video from early workings of her piece love conjure/blues and her new project, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home. love conjure/blues—which will be presented by Harvard’s BlackC.A.S.T. theater group during the spring term, April 13-21—explores a range of possibilities of gender expression and sexuality within a rural, Black working class context. The dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home project will acquire and gift a home to an emerging artist. The project will be in residence in the artist house for a month, offering art centered community engagement activities leading up to the house gifting.
A MAP Fund and National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient, Sharon Bridgforth’s work has been presented by Links Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, The New Black Fest, New York SummerStage Festival and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Bridgforth is artist-in-residence at Thousand Currents and has served in residence at allgo, statewide queer people of color organization; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; the Theatre School at DePaul University; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Her publications include love conjure/blues; Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories; and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. Bridgforth’s delta dandi is published in solo/black/woman and The love conjure/blues Text Installation is in Blacktino Queer Performance. She is one of the featured subjects of Dr. Matt Richardson’s The Queer Limit of Black Memory—Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution (Ohio State University Press); Francesca Royster’s Queering the Jazz Aesthetic: An Interview with Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni Jones in Journal of Popular Music Studies (volume 25, issue 4, December 2013); and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’s Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment (Ohio State Press, 2015). She and Omi Jones co-wrote an essay titled Black Desire, Theatrical Jazz, and River See, which was published in TDR/The Drama Review (volume 58, issue 4, winter 2014). Bridgforth is currently developing dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home.