Performing Arts - Other | June 22 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Suchi Branfman presents two dance works from a series exploring embodied human landscapes that surround the prison industrial complex, the result of her choreographic residency at California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men's prison in Norco, California.
Angees Journey retraces a mothers path to visit her son during his fourteen-year incarceration: four trains, five buses, two cabs, and twelve hours each way. Choreographed by Suchi Branfman and Ernst Fenelon Jr., whose mother made the arduous journey, and performed by Branfman and Fenelon along with members of Fenelons family and a chorus of dancers (Cynthia Irobunda, Amy Oden, and Anna Paz), this thirty-minute piece honors the thousands of women that persist in supporting their incarcerated sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers.
Janie is an intimate performance piece inspired by the true stories of MaryJane, also known as The Bird Lady, who rescues and raises birds inside a womens maximum-security prison in Southern California. With text drawn from interviews conducted inside the prison, the work is created and performed by Suchi Branfman and visual artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo.
A thirty-minute film by award-winning producer, director, and editor Pam Uzzell, Welcome to the Neighborhood explores Mildred Howards long family roots in the Bay Area and the impact of gentrification on local residents. Howards mother, Mabel Howard, moved to San Francisco during World War II and became part of the growing community of African Americans in South Berkeley, where she spearheaded many significant political and community projects. Today, her renowned artist daughter Mildred can no longer afford to live in her lifelong home city.
This program is cosponsored by UC Berkeleys Black Staff and Faculty Organization and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.