June 19, 2019
Mother the Verb
(Opening Performance by Dazie Grego-Sykes)
FLIGHT DECK, 7:30pm
TIX: $12-$20, NOTA
Honoring the labor and heart of mothers of all genders, Mother the Verb wrestles with the toxicity of our relationships in this post-colonial apocalypse.
“Because our nursing infants are at the top of the food chain, they inherit a body burden of industrial contaminants from our blood by way of our milk; thus are we part of the landfill, colonized.” – Katsi Cook, Mohawk Native American Midwife/Researcher
Dazie Grego-Sykes offers a pre-show one year after his gestational mother passed on.
A SFAC Special Events Grant supported this performance, in celebration of BAAITS’s 20th anniversary (Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits). The piece has developed with the support of: Dancer’s Group Ca$h Grant; Counterpulse Artist Residency Commissioning Program, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Family Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, and Counterpulse members.
Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes is an Oakland, California based performance artist. He is a graduate of The Experimental Performance Institute at New College. It was there he learned to transform spoken-word into solo plays.
Dazié’s first full-length performance I Am A Man is a multidisciplinary solo work which focuses on the ways in which gay men of color claim and hold their masculinity. I Am A Man was performed as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in 2010 and 2012. He is one of the original members of The Deep Dickollective one of the nation’s first black gay hip-hop groups and Queer Identified Objects which created original performance work about gender and queer identity.
|Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro (Brazil) is a performance artist working across dance, music and visual arts. Their work contests gender, social and racial expectations through processes of (dis)identification and draws from ancestral and spiritual knowledges to enact futuristic scenes of redemption, reparation and healing. Ivan also goes by the name “Tropikahl Pussy”, producing “draglesque” and live music performances.|
|Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Native American from El Paso, Texas) is a performance artist and choreographer working with a variety of dance forms including flamenco and vogue. She produces Two-Spirit performance festivals and community events in SF Bay Area and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stanford University. Javier also facilitates discussions and workshops on decolonial equity frameworks and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments.|