Sunday, October 21, 2012
Love Balm for My SpiritChild has been in development since December 2010. The Love Balm Project began as a 4-part workshop series for mothers who have lost children to systemic violence. Love Balm for My SpiritChild was inspired by the revolutionary acts of mothers fighting for justice for their children living and dead. It was specifically inspired by how mothers’ memory has served as a vehicle for justice in the cases of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, Oscar Grant III Amadou Diallo, and Emmett Till. The inaugural workshop series and staged reading took place at 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Ga and featured the testimonies of 6 Atlanta mothers.
Since beginning work in the Bay Area, The Love Balm Project has hosted many workshops and performances.The Love balm Project has reached out to both mothers and performance artists in the Bay Area who are commited to collaborating to develop a circle of witnesses around testimonies of systemic violence. The Bay Area Love Balm collective is comprised of 6 Bay Area Mothers and 6 performance artists. In January 2012,we hosted a 4-part workshop series at EastSide Arts Alliance. From these workshops a body of testimonies and poetic reflections were developed and arranged. These testimonies have had staged readings at:
Theatre of Yugen - June 2011
EastSide Arts Alliance - January 2012
The Legendary Black Dot Cafe - April 2012
The Love Balm Project is now also reaching out to high school aged youth. We recently completeda theatre of testimony workshop with 15-17 year old young men at Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center.
Since April, Love Balm For My SpiritChild script has been in development and we are gearing up as a collective for our next set of performances at EastSide Arts Alliance, McClymonds High School and La Peña Cultural Center.