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Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born

Pillow Grounds | August 6-7

This performance is at a single site on gravel and some grass.

MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili and collaborator Peter Born present the world premiere of Swallow the Moon. This installation on the Pillow grounds is guided by a sonic score that tells the story of a young girl with hair so powerful it allows her to receive and send messages through time. The site-specific work envisions an embodied space that transmits a song from the girl’s future self to her present.

Okpokwasili is an Igbo-Nigerian American choreographer who creates work at the intersection of theater, dance, and installation that is grounded in the body and perspective of the Afro-femme. Okpokwasili has received numerous awards for her thought-provoking performance including a Bessie Award, a Doris Duke Award, an Alpert Award, and a United States Artists award. 

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Event Dates
Friday, Aug 6

8:00 PM

Saturday, Aug 7

8:00 PM

Onsite Event:
Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born
(Site-Specific)

At Pillow Grounds: Aug 6 - Aug 7