Ananya Dance Theatre and the Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice host a reading and performance by Gabrielle Civil to activate her new performance memoir, Experiments in Joy, celebrating black feminist collaborations and solos in essays, letters, performance texts, scores, images, and more.
Join Gabrielle Civil as she celebrates her new performance memoir Experiments in Joy with Twin Cities writers and artists: Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe, Moe Lionel, Josina Manu Maltzman, and Miré Regulus. Together, they will conjure the book’s spirit of collaboration, radical friendship, ancestors, resistance, and joy!
The book also features her solo encounters with artists and writers, ancestors, and audiences. Here one will find black girlhood, grief, shots, girls in their bedrooms, lots of books, dancing, reading, falling in love, fighting back, and flying. With lots of heart and the help of her friends, Civil keeps reckoning with performance, art, and life.
Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered over 40 original solo and collaborative performance works around the world. Her performance memoir, Swallow the Fish, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms Press in 2017, and her second book, Experiments in Joy, was released February 15, 2019.