BlackLight is a performance ethnography project. We utilize the creativity and critical insight of a multigenerational group of women to reimagine the possibilities for living in under-resourced urban environments.
“BlackLight Bloom” was performed at Paul Robeson Hall, Rutgers University-Newark in May 2010. “Bloom” was the culminating performance of an intensive 3 week workshop where several young women and men from the Newark community scripted a performance about a young woman who is outcast by her friends and classmates.
The piece follows the journey of this young women as she moves through a process of overcoming the harsh words of her friends by drawing on the strength of her ancestors and others who empower her to break through the negative energy with positivity and joy. Through dialogue and dance, BlackLight performs this piece with attention towards their own experiences, writing and choreographing the performance from their own thoughts and experiences.
This performance also features some of the graphic work and drawings of group members.
As always, the performance was followed by a conversation initiated with the audience about themes of self-love, empowerment, and overcoming. A beautiful day in Newark for all.