UNIVERSAL WOMB: The Emergence:  Market, Performance Excerpt, Exhibit, Video, Audio Celebration! 

 Orignal Commisoned Illustaration By: Mina Elise 

Orignal Commisoned Illustaration By: Mina Elise 

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The time has finally come for Universal Womb to introduce itself to the city of hartford & the world!! Join us outside on Pratt street and inside of Hartford Prints for Universal Womb: The Emergence. Our Market, Performance Excerpt, Exhibit, Video, Audio Celebration! 

6-7:30pm - Market
7:30pm - Performance Excerpt - Market Intermission
8:00pm - God Particle Exhibit Debut - Market recommences
8:30pm - “Wombstates: A Conversation That Pertains To..." Video/Audio Series Teaser
9:00pm - Thank you’s & Goodbyes

6-7:30pm Our Universal Womb market in partnership with Hartford Prints! will feature our Universal Womb T shirt Made exclusively by Hartford prints In collaboration with artists Mina EliseAzua Echevarriaand Arien Wilkerson. A specially curated marketplace featuring handcrafted items by Hartford based Womxn of Color Toni Johnson of rework creative, Azua Echevarria of Age Into Beauty and art work by Kimberly Cannon will be on full display and available for purchase. Home furnishings and decor will help create the outdoor lounge scape and set the vibe for this event creating a cozy living room environment for which to engage in. 

Our incentive reward holders from the 2017 Universal Womb GoFund Me Campaign will be available for pick up the night of the event. You can still donate to universal womb at any moment { https://www.gofundme.com/universal-womb-full-production} We will correspond with the list of donors as the time draws near. 

Light refreshments will be served inside of Hartford Prints we just ask that there shall be no food or drinks on or near the antiques on display for your lounging purposes. 

7:30pm - Time Traveller performance excerpt - The market will take a brief intermission for a specifically created showing of “The Time Traveller” performed by our Amazing director Azua Echevarria . The performance is an excerpt honoring our ancestors, Womxn of Color, mothers of color, and any women who maybe suffering from addiction and loss. “The Time Traveller” is a character from Universal Womb, full production debuting January 2019.
 

8:00pm - Universal Womb team will debut the God Particle Photo Exhibit shot by George Lee - Projected on the outside landscape of 44 Pratt street. God Particle offers a visual and experiential first person view into the complex dynamics of blackness. The images and experiences depicted in God Particle are visually evoking and witnessed through a divine, ethereal lens with a breathtaking backdrop of Barkhamsted Connecticut. The photos offer a representation of Divine Feminine and Masculine extending far beyond what we have historically been presented. The Photo exhibit will screen from 8pm till 9pm and you can visit the photos throughout the hour time frame.


 

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Time Traveller

Photography by George Lee

Time Traveller performance excerpt - The market will take a brief intermission for a specifically created showing of “The Time Traveller” performed by our Amazing director Azua Echevarria . The performance is an excerpt honoring our ancestors, Womxn of Color, mothers of color, and any women who maybe suffering from addiction and loss. “The Time Traveller” is a character from Universal Womb, full production debuting January 2019.Photography by George Lee

The Universal Womb artistic team wanted to know from Womxn of Color, what depictions of Womxn of Color do they want to see in the realm of theater, TV, feature films, talk shows, fine artworks and specifically the production of Universal Womb.

Sharing their own personal/unique stories of womanhood will help give this work more perspective than just the one life that Courtney lived. The responses of these womxn will also help open a gateway for more Womxn of Color to express themselves and share their stories as modes to recovery and greatness. Join Us as we close out our event with snippets from the roundtable discussion

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God Particle 

 

Photography by George Lee 

 Graphic Design by Stephanie Sandoval 

Graphic Design by Stephanie Sandoval 

8:30pm - “Wombstates: A Conversation That Pertains To…” Video/Audio Series Teaser - Taped on Sunday, February 25, 2018 By Filmed by Revisionist Films in partnership with CPTV/ YUP. Featuring Womxn Keila MylesMia Lozada RoseAdriane Vegas Jefferson Kara Smith and Faraneh Carnegie-Hargreaves

“Wombstates: A Conversation That Pertains To..." Video/Audio Series is a roundtable discussion where we asked 5 Womxn of Color to join us as we delved into subjects streamlined from the theatrical installation into 5 questions that help amplify the lost voice and unheard voices of all Womxn of Color.

Artists & their work in order of appearance: Kimberly Cannon, Rework Creative, Age Into Beauty Mina Elise. 

With any and every purchase from our Universal Womb market: Universal Womb T-shirt, Kimberly Cannon art work, Age Into Beauty Products, rework creative Handcrafted Jewelry, and all Hartford Prints! items you will receive a web password to the full access screening of “Wombstates: A Conversation That Pertains To…” Video/Audio Series. The full video can only be seen online at the Tnmot Aztro Performance Art and Dance Installation LLC Website. The proceeds from each t-shirt sold will go directly into the making of Universal Womb, paying its performers and we are our truly honored for you continuing on with us through the many portals and realms of this performance installation. Original cover art by Mina Elise, Special thank you to Mallory MasonMegan FitzgeraldLauren Amato KomroskyEhsteph S. Sandoval, Rory Gale of Hartford Prints!Monique JohnsonChad B. Springer George LeePedro BermudezEdward SotoKewan Jassonn Harrison

ABOUT THE SHOW: UNIVERSAL womb

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 Azua Echevarria under the collaboration of Arien Wilkerson and TNMOT AZTRO. It will be the first theater based installation formed production produced and choreographed by TNMOT AZTRO PERFORMANCE ART AND DANCE INSTALLATION LLC. 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 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 impacts diversity because we are recognizing that at the root of each person’s life there is pain and loss, cultivating viewer empathy by highlighting the life, work and stories of people of color. Sharing the historical accounts of a real person’s life challenges the audience by extending their viewpoint beyond their own experiences within the full spectrum of sexism, classism, ageism and feminism.

 

The images and Video below were taken from our Launch Performance January 2017 at Hartbeat Ensemble - As a workshopped scene of "Wombstates 1 Daddy Issues." All photos and video below were take by Matt Seremet. 

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“UNIVERSAL WOMB was created with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Artswhich also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.”

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