Fallawayinto is a performance installation aspiring to the forms and spirit of Donna Booker, a Black trans woman activist, sex worker, theologian, house mother and performer living in the San Francicso Bay Area from the early 80s through the mid 2000s. This performance installation, inspired in shape and form by the cosmogram, moves through Donna’s birth, living, life and after-life seasons – locating solidarity between Black trans womens epistems and environmental transition and collapse. The work contends with good death, foresight, and intergenerational relationships between Black cis and trans women.
APC Visiting Artist Arielle Julia Brown - Playwright and Producer
Arielle Julia Brown is a creative producer, social practice artist and dramaturg. Emerging from her work and research around U.S. slavery, racial terror and justice, Arielle is committed to supporting and creating Black performance work that commands imaginative and material space for social transformation. She is the founder of The Love Balm Project (2010-2014), a workshop series and performance based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence. The Love Balm Project was developed and produced at cultural institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. More recently, Arielle developed The DoubleBack, a site specific performance about three enslaved Black women in Providence RI while in residence at the Center for Reconciliation. She is also the creative producer of Black Spatial Relics, a new performance residency about slavery, justice and freedom. Arielle is a co-creative producer on Remember2019, a performance and residency project based in Phillips County, Arkansas. Arielle’s work and writing on Black political performance has been published in the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines, ARTS.BLACK and Public Art Dialogue among others. Currently, Arielle is a 2017-2018 Diversity and Leadership Fellow with Alliance of Artists Communities. She has recently servesd as both the Public Programs Developer at the Penn Museum as well as the Cultural Planning Consultant for the Penn and Slavery Project at the University of Pennsylvania. Arielle is currently a 2019-2020 Visiting Artist with the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and was the 2015-2017 graduate fellow with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University where she received an M.A. in Public Humanities.