By Jennifer Denning
How does a bi-racial performance company prepare for an improvised performance at a Unitarian Universalist conference sponsored by the UU’s “Allies for Racial Equity?”
As the white director of this company, I find myself in an interesting position. I’m aware of the need to decentralize whiteness, and I’m also holding the responsibility of creating the structure for a performance that will be meaningful and effective for performer and audience alike.
My own journey of understanding systemic racism, the oppression of people of color and white privilege has come though self-education as well as honest communication across color lines. I have been sending articles to our white company members to deepen awareness, as well as inviting our POC company members to communicate what they need during this performance.
|Soulprint Players rehearsal, photo by Ruth Schowalter|
And so we move into new territory together with as much bumbling grace as we can, and I notice a new presence of realness emerging as we openly acknowledge difference and inequity and grapple together on how to create real change.
Personal story and connection, artistic expression of that which is “beyond words”, “exformation”- InterPlay’s tool for moving information out of the body, and embodied awareness are just some of the tools InterPlay offers in the movement towards racial justice. InterPlay creates a space where we can find our connection to possibility, flow and grace and then move wisely forward in our work for equity. InterPlay roots us in the present, where creative possibility dwells.
Come join us at the conference October 20-22. Let’s deepen awareness, explore creative possibilities and move into action for racial justice together!