Shyamali: Sprouting Words

Audré Lorde cautioned: “Your silence will not protect you.” Our 2017 theme, "Shyamali," explores how proactive dissent fuels life force and growth, recognizes the courage of women who speak up and talk back to sustain communities against injustice, and celebrates women who refuse to be broken despite adversity and attack. The word "shyamali" means dark green in Bengali, and is inspired by the resilience of grass/moss/ground cover plants that spring up when trod upon. This work will premiere as part of The O’Shaughnessy Women of Substance series in September 2017.

npn-van-logo-color-rgb“Shyamali: Sprouting Words” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, in partnership with the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, HI, the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information: