Onsite Event:
Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born

At Pillow Grounds: Aug 6 - Aug 7

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This performance took place August 6-7, 2021.

MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili and collaborator Peter Born presented the world premiere of Swallow the Moon. This installation on the Pillow grounds was 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 envisioned 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. 

This engagement is supported by a gift from Jeffrey Davis and Michael Miller.