Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Movie for the Month of May

Special Viewing

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide. When the Rainbow is Enuf. written by Ntozake Shange
with Alfre Woodard, Ntozake Shange, and Lynn Whitfield.

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is a choreopoem, a poem (really a series of 20 separate poems) choreographed to music.

The play begins and ends with the lady in brown. The other six performers represent the colors of the rainbow: the ladies in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The various repercussions of "bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma" are explored through the words, gestures, dance, and music of the seven ladies, who improvise as they shift in and out of different roles. In the 1970s, when Ntozake Shange herself performed in for colored girls..., she continually revised and refined the poems and the movements in her search to express a female black identity. Improvisation is central to her celebration of the uniqueness of the black female body and language, and it participates in the play's theme of movement as a means to combat the stasis of the subjugation.

The next meeting will be at Sadies Restaurant 5708 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215, Saturday, May 30th at 6 pm. We will also feature a poetry presentations from Moody Black,
L Monique Wallace, and Majadi Baruti. Come early for good seats. If you have any questions please contact me at soulofcinema@yahoo.com.


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