December 14, 2011
On October 3rd, 2011 at the Brect Forum I experienced an innovative, well written and directed staged reading of the Choreopoem, “From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood” by Playwright, Author and Domestic Violence Advocate Zoe Flowers.
From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood addresses the issues of sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Flowers utilizes poetry, drama and dance to tell the horrific stories of women’s experiences. These stories rare familar. If not personally, they’re the stories of a family member, friend, co-worker or acquaintance.
Ms. Flowers addressed domestic violence and rape at the hands of men and women. Woman on woman rape is a subject that is rarely spoken of nor taken seriously yet it exists.
From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood was adapted from a book by the Choreodrama’s Playwright Zoe Flowers. The acting was powerful in its delivery. This was the result of extraordinary performances by its cast members. They are Peggy Johnson, Chantal Morris, Sherri Pullum and Vesta Walker. Each actress brought a depth and exuberance to their characters. The staged reading ended with a question and answer segment with the actresses, director and playwright. This gave the audience an opportunity to gain insight into the production’s roots.
The author’s words as presented in The Ashes Manifesto, and her aspirations for this production.
From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is for our ancestors that died so that we might live, that starved so that we might prosper. It is for those silenced by violence, oppression, homophobia, shame or the impulse to please. This play is for the little girls that grown into women looking for fathers in the arms of strange men. It’s for all those who ask “why does she stay.” This show is for women who recognize that protection, unconditional love and unconditional freedom can occupy the same space. For all who understand that loving another and one’s self is a revolutionary act-the most revolutionary act.
In short, From Ashes to Angel’s Dust is for complicated, simple, uncompromising, weak, independent, gold digging, hardworking, hard living, bitchy, vulnerable, strong, happy, and angry women and all those that choose to love us.” Zoe
Zoe Flowers is the Founder of the Angel’s Dust Theatre Company and a poet who has worked nationally and internationally on the issue of domestic violence and sexual violence for nearly ten years. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust was initially born from her experiences as a survivor of dating and sexual violence but has expanded into the journey to self-love. Zoe looks forward to taking the voices of survivors worldwide.
I have no doubt this extraordinary work will do that and more!
10/31/11 original posting.
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