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Obeah


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In the performative work, Obeah, a duet between Katrina Reid and Rena Anakwe compose a sisterhood figuring the Afro-Caribbean mythologies of ‘Obeah woman’ as sorceress of the dead, in regards to the untraceable work, A Black Ritual (Obeah) by Agnes De Mille (1940) noted in NYCB Negro Wing premiere, and ‘wake work’ understood through the theoretics of Christina Sharpe’s, “In the Wake”. Obeah proposes the theater as a container for a poetic descent into the oceans – into the oceanic site where folklore dictates ‘Obeah women’ reside as gatekeepers – into an alliteration on black feminine tropes as they relate to water, grief, and superstition. In this filmic adaptation through Super 8, Reid performs once again through an eccentric cinematic exposition directed by González.

Performer: Katrina Reid