It’s here! The opening night of Femart will feature a debut performance by theatrical performer Deirdre Morris, a slam poetry performance by Gypsee Yo and a debut exhibition by Salome Kokoladze – all happening tonight at the Oda Theater. Get a taste of what to expect below!
Representation and Power
20:10-20:40 Deirdre Morris, Cracks Are How The Light Gets In
Tonight Femart will host the Kosovo premiere of Cracks Are How The Light Gets In, a solo physical theater performance by Deirdre Morris, an American theatrical performer, dancer, choreographer and director. With a career spanning two decades, Morris’ work has explored the effect of the natural world on the human body, as well as ideas of wildness and war.
Cracks Are How The Light Gets In encompasses dance, physical theater and multimedia, and was produced in collaboration with choreographer Iu-Hui Chua and visual media artist Brandon Gonzalez. The work questions normative definitions of beauty, success, and power, and how these concepts recreate social injustices like sexism and racism. It focuses on the role the mainstream media plays in reinforcing a dominant culture, one that “does not include shared lived experience but rather reaches for an ideal that is part automaton part technological cyborg” (Morris, Deirdre).
Poetry of the People, for the People
20:45-21:15 Gypsee Yo (Jonida Beqo)
Not going to lie, I can’t wait to see Jonida Beqo perform tonight. Beqo, a native of Albania, has been performing slam poetry for years, primarily in the United States. Her performances are gripping, beautifully composed and powerfully delivered, and have covered themes as diverse as belonging, identity, ideas of home, ideas of womanhood, motherhood, and social justice.
She’s competed and won titles in slam poetry competitions across the U.S., including the regional Southern Queen of Slam, Atlanta’s Slam Champion, National Poetry Slam semi-finalist (won three times), National Poetry Slam final stage feature, and first runner up at the Women of the World Poetry Slam (won twice). She’s published three collections of poetry in Albanian and has been featured on television and radio programs such as NPR’s Snap Judgement, The Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Series, Spoken!, Nashville’s NeoSoul Radio, and Atlanta’s Voice of the Arts.
Coming and Going
21:20-22:00 Salome Kokoladze, Protean Being, Sterile World
Salome Kokoladze is a graduate of philosophy at Smith College and the Central European University. She’s an editor of poetry at HYSTERIA, a radical feminist periodical and collective (which I highly suggest checking out online). Tonight she’ll be showing Protean Being, Sterile World, an exhibition that documents the experiences of shifting countries, shifting languages, and the pain experienced by the immigrant body.
For the full festival program, click here.