World Premiere - Performed March 30th, 2019
Oba Qween Baba King Baba is an interdisciplinary work that engages spiritual multiplicity and the role of Queerness in the Divine. Inspired by the narratives of Queer and Trans children of preachers, we situate F/father as a site for rupture.
The project also draws on what was historically called a “slave gallery,” an architectural feature that existed within the balconies of many New York churches built in the early 1800s, and designed to be witnessed from above, the work reframes this space as the honored seat, closest to the Site/Sightline of God.
Creator, Artistic Director, Director, Choreographer, Co-Producer: Ni'Ja Whitson
Performed by: The NWA Project: Kirsten Davis, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Paloma McGregor and Ni'Ja Whitson. Featuring Djola Branner.
Composer/Musician: Douglas R. Ewart
Sound Design and Curation: Ni'Ja Whitson with contributions from AJ McClenon and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Video Design: Gil Sperling
Lighting Design: Tuçe Yasak
Costume Design: Jeanne Medina and Ni'Ja Whitson
Spirit Marshals: Sara Abdullah, Nana Chinara, Aye Eckerson, Manny Rivera, Marýa Wethers
Camera Operator/Production Assistant: Thuy Tong
Videographer: Moti Margolin