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Call for Participants: The Bitch Project (working title)

Sun, February 26, 2012 • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM • ALLGO located at 701 Tillery Street (between Pleasant Valley and Springdale, off of East 7th).

Call for Participants: The Bitch Project (working title)

This Spring, Florinda Bryant and I (Diana Grisanti) are facilitating a series of interactive performance-workshops on how gendered language can affect people’s perceptions and behaviors. Instead of tackling every expression out there, we’ve narrowed our focus to a single, ubiquitous, five-letter word: bitch. As a first step, we would like to facilitate two exploratory workshops in order to get the creative juices flowing. Click here for more information.

Here are the sort of questions that will guide us:
What are definitions of the word bitch?
What does bitch mean to you? To your community(ies)?
When do you hear the word?
When do you use the word?
When do you like the word? Hate the word? Feel indifferent toward the word?
What does bitch look like, sound like, taste like, smell like, feel like?
What does bitch mean through various lenses—race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, etc?
 
Whom we are seeking
 
A diverse group of women/womyn/woman-identified artists, performers, writers, scholars, thinkers, activists, and generally rad folks.
 
When and Where

Workshop #1: Sunday, February 26th from 10 to 1 at ALLGO located at 701 Tillery Street (between Pleasant Valley and Springdale, off of East 7th).
 
Workshop #2: Saturday, March 3th from 10 to 1 on the UT Campus (room TBD)
 
Participate in one! Participate in both! Whatever works for you!
 
Please contact Diana if interested. Email: diana.grisanti@gmail.com. Phone: 502-593-8668.
 
About Florinda and Diana
 
Florinda Bryant is an interdisplinary performance artist, activist, and educator. Some of her favorite performances include Delta Dandi, Love Conjure Blues, HUSH, The Three Cuckholds, and Murder Ballad Murder Mystery. Her one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried Check One was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at the University of Texas and directed by Laurie Carlos. Florinda also directed and performed in America Love out of Context, as part of the Black Arts Movement Festival with Pro-Arts and the Late Night Series at Pilsbury House in Minneapolis. Florinda Bryant is a member of The Austin Project, sponsored by The John L. Warfield Center For African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (CAAAS) and has directed their annual performances for the past 4 years. Florinda has worked with Theatre Action Project for 7 years.  
 
Diana Grisanti is a writer, performer, and activist currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting and fiction at UT Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. She is a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, a nominee for the Wasserstein Prize, and a runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Award. Her work deals with the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She has tackled topics such as relationship violence, hegemonic whiteness, sex work, and college basketball, to name a few. Before relocating to Texas, Diana lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she worked as a teacher and translator.


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