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Becca Blackwell & Okwui Okpokwasili
SEASON 1 | EPISODE #5 | June 30, 2020
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Becca Blackwell & Okwui Okpokwasili

Becca Blackwell selected fellow New York-based performer Okwui Okpokwasili to discuss building relationships with their audiences, challenging gender norms, fighting fear with art-making, and the power of body language in their work.

Becca Blackwell is a New York-based trans actor, performer, and writer. Their play, They, Themself and Schmerm, has been presented across the country and most recently, Schmermies Choice. They have collaborated with Young Jean Lee, Noah Baumbach, Tina Satter, and Richard Maxwell, and was featured in season four of HBO's High Maintenance. Blackwell was the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award.

Okwui Okpokwasili is a performer, choreographer, writer, and genre-breaking figure in New York City’s experimental dance scene. Her productions include Bronx Gothic (2014) and Poor People’s TV Room (2017). Her latest project, “Sitting on a Man’s Head”, was choreographed in collaboration with Peter Born at Danspace Project and co-curated with Danspace Executive Director and Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor for PLATFORM 2020: Utterances from the Chorus. Okpokwasili received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2018.

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