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Becca Blackwell & Okwui Okpokwasili
SEASON 1 | EPISODE #5 | June 30, 2020
Performance Artists
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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FUSE: A BOMB Podcast extends BOMB’s longstanding commitment to bringing together artists across disciplines to discuss their work and creative practice. Departing from the typical podcast format, there’s no host, no moderator, just two artists in dialogue, unfiltered. Listeners experience the conversation as if they were in the room with the artists.

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FUSE is overseen and produced by Libby Flores, Director of Audience Engagement and Digital Production. FUSE is also co-produced and edited by Myra Al-Rahim and Sophie Kazis, with production assistance by Ethan Primason. Edited and voiced by Chantal McStay, Associate Editor at BOMB Magazine. Our theme music is “Black Origami” by Jlin. Music and sonic ID by Ray Suen. All additional music by Ethan Primason.

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