Rebecca Mwase’s “Vessels” Project


Rebecca Mwase // artist

NPN supports Rebecca’s current work-in-progress, Vessels, a seven woman harmonic piece that explores song as the primary coping mechanism for enslaved African women during the Middle Passage. Experienced within an interactive and acoustically rich sculptural environment that invokes those infamous ships, this ritual performance explores singing as a survival tool – to release spirit, reconstitute bodies, and span the gap between sanity and insanity. Using the mechanics of Black Diasporic song, Vessels ignites the musicality present in bound bodies on a move toward freedom. At its core, Vessels is a healing ritual that looks deeply at the wounds of the Middle Passage and at the creative and communal ways our ancestors endured. It will premier in the spring of 2018 in New Orleans and tour up the eastern seaboard and beyond through 2020.

Support for Vessels can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “Rebecca Mwase’s Cultural Projects.”

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