SPOTLIGHT: Snapshots from the Stage

On April 13, we had the honor of putting on our second production of ‘this is my body,’ a creative program that takes a cohort of women through a series of writing and performance workshops to create an original 5-minute one woman show and perform it at the end of the program in front of an audience. The program is rooted in vulnerable storytelling and requires immense trust and courage on the part of the participating women. All of the performers met that challenge with grace and the type of force that we realize we can generate when we stand in our truths and take up the space we deserve. The following vignettes represent the voices of three of the women in the show and their experience performing their original piece for the first time.

Building a Time Capsule for Your Diasporic Experience

I remember the last conversation I had with one of attendees of our workshop, “Building a Time Capsule for Your Diasporic Experience,” at the 34th annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference. They talked to me about their great-grand mother who lived out of the country and how they desperately wanted to capture her story but life always took over when they were there. I spoke to them about time, the greatest enemy of capturing human stories, and how unfortunately time is often running out for us to sit with those we love and listen as they gift us with the stories of their life.

Relentless Questioning: Moving towards authentic cross-cultural/ethnic community building

If we have learned anything from the last few years, it is that none of us can get through this alone. But beyond our immediate communities, there is also the need to connect and build with communities with a different culture, ethnicity, and/or race from our own. While there are spaces that are working toward supporting this work, it is often done in a way that assumes that solidarity must exist across marginalized and minority groups. If we are to do powerful work that brings about a different type of world that is welcome to us all, then the relationships that work is built on must be authentic.

What Does 'Inner Work' Look Like?

On Monday I attended an event organized by the wonderful Gareth Gwyn of Let’s See Labs entitled “Sourcing Change from Within: The Role of Inner Work in Societal Evolution.” I had not felt well all day, but something told me that I needed to be there, and, as always, my inner voice/gut feeling was right. The event was held in an intimate space, and everyone who entered the room, entered with an air of openness to what the evening held in store. It was remarkable to be in a space where you could feel that everyone was there with a willingness to be surprised, challenged, and changed.

This is my body: My First Experience as a Non-Binary Performer [Guest Post]

This is my body came at a perfect time and space in my life. I was in-between jobs, and in a rough patch with all my relationships. I had just graduated law school and needed to makes major decisions about my life: Take the bar or nah? Move back to the Bay Area? Stay in my relationship? Get a job? I was overwhelmed with major life decisions and lost as to which path I should choose. When I found out about this is my body, I was excited, intrigued, and eager to be in a space where I could be creative –and a grade wouldn’t be attached.