It is in the interstitial spaces where I can really share my work
I am very grateful for some warm hearted hawk eyed lovers for seeing me through
Jolie la Vie not only cheers us but accommodates last minute changes because she believes in giving the best. It’s not respectability for her troupe. It’s allowing us to show our JOY our care our heart to people. She understands this means being fluid in order to be uncompromising.
Last night I was able to premiere “People’s Poet to King’s Poet – a love letter” alongside song-excerpts from “Adventures of the Lotus Brothers – an adaptation of a genocidal folktale rooted in the moment Bengal was increasingly coming under control of empire” a musical I have been working on for three years.
Great costume and makeup support by Justin McIntosh – a comrade in performance production
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A fully realized voice. Fully reconnected with the seven year old in me. Age 40. I began this journey a little over 10 years ago. After close to more than two decades of silence. I plan to accompany this seven year old for the rest of my life. Never going back whatever the cost. There’s pain in being squashed for truth telling but there’s something in keeping on showing up despite that that I have learned and now fighting to remember and honor Been working on this full length musical dance drama since 2015. It keeps making final rounds then being cut. But each year piece by piece scene by scene – on burlesque stages because of the generosity and openness of that performance scene – I continue to develop this play and hope to see it performed one day en full ~ this last month rough! Digging through all my rejections in formal application processes in order to submit this one, I missed a deadline by 30s. Perhaps sadness won this round but I’m going to manifest this play one day 🙌🏾🦋🌿🌸🌈🧡 the person i most wanted to know it read it and dutifully submitted comments. He’s passed on now and I hope his beautiful spirit graces all the stagings it will take to see it through 😭 Harness and strips of poem by moi. Fantastical and deeply thought out and experimented Costume rigging and body paint work by @just1pin the attentive placement of wireless mic by @katsistare who always makes me feel like a star before taking the stage Invited on stage as opening piece @iamJolielavie ‘s @unitedcolorsofburlesque Folklores show last summer.
how sweetly you sing
how honeyed your words
spreading hate against those we’ve been groomed from birth to distrust
You are proud You are the king’s poet
You delight in making him laugh
It becomes self-loathing when he favors you but not your kin
Time and again you’ve seen him destroy your community
You convince yourself
(And he encourages it)
That they are somehow not as worthy as you
x Song: “Once upon a time”
you sell your gift for a chance at immortality
But in future’s light you will only have infamy
Your talent cannot be denied, no
But its purposes lay waste
A bad habit
Indeed it is
A learned one
You could have sung for your people
But instead you despise them
For you have learned to believe they are weak
x Song: “How mow kow”
I beseech you because I love you
I understand your power
And I’m using mine to demand you stop
Only to reconsider the tales you spin
They could still sparkle in the heavens of peoples’ minds
they could lead us to freedom
why use them to urge us
to accept our suffering as inevitable – sacrifice?!
For glories rooted in death? false tales!
x Song: “Just absurd”
Don’t you see?
You’re no more than a puppet
You have a chance
At truest immortality
celebrating the labor that cultivates a fuller Love
one that denounces destructive greedy nonsensical pathways
by imagining insisting building a world where every person flourishes in concert with all the beings that hold us together
silken tender ferocious full throated song
that is our love!
x Song: “You try kill our spirit”