January 8, 2002
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Sushi Performance and Visual Art presents
Carla Kirkwood's "Half the Sky"
March 21-23 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 2p.m.
Sushi Performance & Visual Art presents Carla Kirkwood Half the Sky, an exploration
of the narratives of twelve women navigating their bodies through the world of
cultural identity and the paradigms of social, sexual and economic power on Thursday-Saturday,
March 21-23, 2002 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 2 p.m.
"Like so many women, I stare at the mirror; I look at my armor, my shield,
my weapon. Assessment is a constant preoccupation, that voice in my head, "How
do I look?".
--Morgan, from Half The Sky.
"Half the Sky" is a works-in-progress performance piece written and developed
by solo performance artist, Carla Kirkwood. A multiracial group of women, ponder
questions of identity and image and engage the ancient Chinese Proverb: "Women
Hold Up Half The Sky," and ask themselves, "only half?" and realize through their
collective stories that they have been working way too hard. Artists collabortating
on this project include Phyllis Jackson, Rachel Axler, Danelle Amato, Isabel Olivieri,
Leonora Afuyog, Annie Hinton, Andrea Singer, Tammy Ray and Vicki Wolf. This performance
is supported by The Real Women Project; a nationwide project designed to support
women choices that allow them to live full and creative lives and co-sponsored
by Sushi Performance And Visual Art.
This event is part of Durga: Public Women/Private Concerns, a mini festival
of performance, dance & music celebrating women.
Carla Kirkwood is a three-time area Emmy Award winner for her writing and directing
for KPBS-TV, the PBS affiliate in San Diego, and received national acclaim for
MWI (Many Women Involved), the performance component of NHI (No Humans Involved),
a public art project which explored possible police involvement in the unsolved
murders of 45 San Diego women. Her published works include the text of MWI in
Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence, edited by Amy Sholder (City
Lights Books), Laying Me Down in Uncontrollable Bodies, edited by Rodney Sappington
and Tyler Stallings (Bay Press) and her English translation of playwright Gao
Xingjian's, Che Zhan (Bus Stop) in the Modern International Drama Journal. Kirkwood
directed and adapted Charlotte Perkin's The Yellow Wallpaper for the Guthrie Theatre's
performer's lab in 1991. Her previous Sushi performances are Your Mama and Your
Sister and Your Girlfriend and Bodies of Evidence. Her collaboration's as performer
and writer include There Are Two Hundred and Six Bones in the Human Body, Woyzeck
and Maria on East 94 and Welcome Back Emma! From 1994-1997 Kirkwood was a Visiting
Professor and an Andrew Mellow Foundation Grant Recipient, at Smith College in
Northampton, Massachusetts. She currently teaches performance, acting and directing
at Southwestern College, in Chula Vista, California.
With gratitude Sushi thanks the following entities for their support: The National
Performance Network, California Arts Council through their Organizational Support
and Touring Program, City of San Diego through its Commission for the Arts and
Culture Allocations Program, the Community Service Organization, and The James
Irvine Foundation Arts . Sushi is also supported by many, many individuals through
direct donations and membership.
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