The Ladies Ring Shout 2.0
Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts Chicago Campus
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts Chicago Campus
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
New Work, Performance Art
Runs Jun 22Jun 23, 2024

The Ladies Ring Shout is a 90 minute performance work, first performed in 2011, combining spoken word, movement, and an original soundtrack. The multimedia work journeys through contemporary women of color’s experiences. Ladies Ring Shout meditates on four frames integrated into our lived realities – the statistics and sociological condition of women of color, our mundane everyday acts, the codes and rules we are disciplined into, and the myths we conjure to imagine our future possibilities.

Ladies Ring Shout 2.0 is a restaging/reimagining, featuring HPP’s artistic core alongside an intergenerational community cast of Black women/femmes who have worked in collaboration with HPP, to devise a new iteration of the work. Ladies Ring Shout 2.0 focuses on themes critical to Black women and femmes’ lives such as representation, love and relationships, scars/trauma, work-life balance, quality of life, nurturing and parenting, spirituality, healing, and defining our communities of care. Creative writing and embodied exercises are supplemented with experiments in other artistic mediums including collective play with still image, video, audio and reading excerpts from the work of relevant BIPOC women writers and poets. This work is in partnership with First Church of the Brethren.

Original script and performance by: Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson & Meida McNeal
Contributing Artists & Authors: Paige Brown, Elizabeth Nichole Griffin, Aisha Jean-Baptiste*, Abra Johnson*, Jennifer Ligaya*, Cat Mahari, Meida McNeal*, Sea M. Miller, Kimeco Roberson*, Jessica Williams

*Denotes Honey Pot Performance Core Member