Universal Womb is a musical drama taking place in nine "Womb states”. It's the story of one Hartford woman from age 12 to the afterlife, played by six actresses from the Hartford Area. This inspiring production, based on the true story of Courtney Ward Gardner, dives deep into many aspects of being Black, a Woman, a Daughter, a Mother, a Politician and finally a Drug Addict. Universal Womb has been in the making for four years. This authentic work was written by playwright Azua Echevarria and is directed by Hannah Simms. It will be the first theater production produced and choreographed by TNMOT AZTRO PERFORMANCE ART AND DANCE INSTALLATION LLC.
Our approach of working with local professional artists and technicians from the Hartford community on such a large scale is innovative. Our set pieces move, fold, bend, retract, culminate and add texture to the environment. 25 musicians all living and working in the Hartford area are in collaboration to write and create original music for the show. Our team built this work with input from our developing audience; asking women of color what stories and issues they feel should be told. We feature young women who are also mothers and working artists from the Hartford community. The material in “Universal Womb” is based on the Azua Echevarria’s discovery of her mother’s journal entries, to do lists, and manifestos. To stumble upon her mother’s most private thoughts against the backdrop of her sudden death via cocaine overdose was overwhelming. Our mother’s secrets can reveal more about our own existence than we think. It sheds light on the duality between motherhood and womanhood, being maternal and sexual, requiring us to ponder if we’re ready to know our mother's secrets. Universal Womb is a timely opportunity for our community to achieve gender parity in an environment of oversaturated patriarchal, homogenized and overly optimistic stories that only represent a small cross section of people.
Universal Womb broadens the scope of opportunity for women of color to share their stories because it explores how women are perceived in this time of social change. Universal Womb aligns with artistic equity practices that protect, preserve and expand women’s rights through creative expression using the powerful tool of theater to change policies that grant women a voice. This work allows more people to access information about their own experience in order to achieve systemic change. Universal Womb provides experiences that protect women from abuse and discrimination through exposure to a real woman's story. The production is a conduit for advocacy in areas where women continue to be marginalized.
UNIVERSAL WOMB LAUNCH PERFORMANCE
"Womb State 1"
Directed By Hannah Simms.
Written By Azua Echevarria.
Actresses - Mia Lozada, S'Koyah Harris, Keila Myles.
Choreographed and Produced by : Arien Wilkerson.
Photography and Film Directed by Matt Seremet.
Set Design : Arien Wilkerson, Joe McCarthy, Alex Crowley, Azua Echevarria.
Lighting Design : Joe McCarthy & Arien Wilkerson
Film edited by Ari Aztro.
Special Thank you to HeartBeat Ensemble and the Carriage House Theater for their generosity in the workshopping of this work.
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Dear Friend and Supporter of the Arts,
We are so excited about the next steps in producing the full production of Universal Womb. After nearly three years in the writing stage we planted the seed with our official launch on January 28th, 2017 featuring an excerpt of the show complete with set + sound design, wardrobe, an original music vocal set, movement and two actresses. We have a date for the full production in September 2017 at the Carole Autorino Center for the Arts, University of Saint Joseph. We are very focused on bringing this work to a space in or near or community.
Universal Womb is a musical drama taking in place in nine "Womb" states. It's the story of one woman from the age of 12 to 60 and her afterlife. The story is played by six actresses all from and living in the Hartford Area. This inspiring production based on a true story dives deep into many aspects of being Black, a Woman, a Daughter, a Mother, a Politician and finally a drug addict. Our next steps involve finding creative resourceful ways of funding this project to pay local artists, Including movement artists, actresses, set/lighting designers as well as securing The Carole Autorino Center for the Arts.
Now we need your help! TNMOT AZTRO PERFORMANCE ART AND DANCE INSTALLATION LLC, is taking the initiative to be the producing agency for this work. Tnmot Aztro has applied for the project grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. In its preliminary form it's a matching grant for which we must raise $7,500 in order to qualify for up to $15,000 for this community based art project. Today marks the start of our fundraising campaign and we're asking for your financial support. Your financial gift will allow us to solidify this beautiful venue for the full production, qualify for the 2017 Connecticut Office of the Arts Project Grant (which will ensure our team financial stability), pay the entire cast, crew and creative team along with the technical/lighting team and cover all administrative costs.
In order to manifest Universal Womb into full reality please make your gift donation today. We have approximately 7 months till the full production premieres. Help us utilize every second, minute, and hour to campaign for your financial support by donating and sharing this campaign. The time is now to invest in a community of artists who are creating work they're passionate about. We can no longer just rely on institutions to bring us the art we want to see, we must share our stories, that is why we need YOU. Your social and fiscal networks, tribe, family and friends are a valuable resource. This is a grassroots campaign any dollar amount is welcome and appreciated. TNMOT AZTRO PERFORMANCE ART AND DANCE INSTALLATION LLC is constantly seeking to create innovative performance art that brings together conscious creative collaborators with a global mindset of sharing stories that engage new policies, push for systemic change and creates an environment for leading-edge works of art. Each artistic collaborator brings forth their personal skill sets and areas of expertise.
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The levels are just a guide ! Any and all gift donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. We are so delighted to bring this work to a community of people that believe art and the stories of our loved ones, pioneers and trailblazers are something worth experience here in Hartford, CT and beyond.
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