Bronx Gothic

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Bronx Gothic

“A mesmerizing solo piece. Okpokwasili in motion is a sight to behold.” (New York Times)

From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) comes a portrait of the virtuosic Nigerian-American artist Okwui Okpokwasili and her electrifying one-woman show, Bronx Gothic, a fusion of dance, song, and drama that summons up the sexual awakening of two 11-year-old girls. Much as Ta-Nehisi Coates’s writings call on readers to comprehend the dangers of being a black man, Okpokwasili’s performance dares the audience: “Can I make all of you be born again as a black girl?” When New Yorker critic Hilton Als saw the original stage performance of the piece, which is based on Okpokwasili’s own experience, he pronounced, “the top of my head blew off.”

Choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Grant award winner. Read more about her here.

This film is part of the Dance on Film 2018 series.

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