SIDEWALK SISTERS: a choreopoem
Written, directed, and produced by Renee Floresca; co-written with Naomi Andebrhan, Sarah Bennett, Danielle Goode and Yasmine Lancaster; co-produced and co-directed with Sarah Bennett and Miguel Rodriguez. Original music by Renee Floresca.
Thursday May 9 at 8PM
Friday May 10 at 8PM
Saturday May 11 at 2PM & 8PM
The goal of "Sidewalk Sisters" is to educate the public about the untold stories of young women who live in New York City, whom experience realities that are seldom spoken about. All the narratives come from the lives of the people in the play who only met by chance, sharing the same sidewalk.
The play is about 4 women's lives, the stories they carry and the weight of the pains they share as women, and the necessary healing that comes with surviving. One woman begs for her lover to come back, while searching for her own sense of independence. Another woman prays to be forgiven for abandoning her unborn child, while simultaneously experiencing abandonment from her own mother. Another tells the story of her mother's distorted perception of love, and the abuse and weight she modeled for her daughter. The final actress reclaims her body through rejecting the social norms men force upon women on the street through cat calling and even physical aggression against her body.
We attempt to beautify our community by opening up the dialogue between community members regarding our outlook of the "woman's place" and body in our society. We challenge gender norms, as well as the preconceived notion that theater belongs solely to privileged populations. In sharing personal stories we engage the community to explore and share their own personal experiences. Without sharing dialogue and stories, our community would be one filled with miscommunication and very little healing.
The show will be held the weekend of May 9th, 10th and 11th, we hope that once people see the show, they will be enticed to book it for their local events or organizations. Our stories are relevant to all, as we are all products of our environment, projecting our learned and unlearned ideas. Through writing and performance art, we have healed and peeled through the layers of our identity. All 5 cast members are women; 4 of whom identify as women of color, two identify as natives to New York City (Queens and Bronx born), the others, transplants of this urban jungle. We plan to unfold our very separate and unique experiences in our performance to allow others to share with us in the healing process by sharing a space in which our stories are honored for their truth.
ALL TICKETS ARE $10, EXCEPT THE SATURDAY MATINEE WHICH IS BY DONATION.
The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory (View)
137 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011