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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98144
Boi, stud, butch, gender non-conforming black folk not conforming to their stereotypes and instead celebrating their unique role on the margins.The beautiful plumage of male birds from around the world serve as perfect parallel to the display of masculinity. These “bois of a feather” will share their stories in a new work of dance, theatre, and boi-lesque.
A Boi-lesque Ballet Presented by Earth Pearl Collective
Created by Sadiqua Iman
World Premier June 14-16, 2018 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
This project is supported in part by a grant from 4Culture
and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Office of Arts & Culture Seattle
, and The Hansberry Project
Bois of a feather? Boi, stud, butch, gender non-conforming black folk, not conforming to their stereotypes and instead celebrating their unique role in the margins. Tail Feather is about the magic of the butch woman. Her experience of masculinity as safety, seduction, and seclusion serve as a perfect parallel to the display of masculinity in male bird species all over the world. Tail Feather uses dance, spoken word, boilesque, and theatre takes to share stories of masculinity from the masculine centered woman.
Tail Feather is the creative response to an African American queer elder’s question, “ What happened to just being a good ole fashioned butch?” With choreography by her sister, New York choreographer, Alia Kache, and original music by ,queer pop artists, Be Steadwell, this collaborative project will be a memorable tribute to and for the “good ole fashioned butch.” A diverse cast of talent brings an intentional blend of performance styles to this work. Featuring drag king legend- D’Dynasty, boilesque performers- Seductive Tease, Justice, and Namii, pop-lock soloist, TAQUEETS, and. spoken word by Naa Akua. A cast of six, “bois of a feather” that will dig into stereotypes about black queer identity, heteronormative politics within the community, and the sexy, sometimes sticky, dynamics around love and sex.
Queer Pop Artist Be Steadwell Creating Original Music
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and proud LGBTQ content. In 2017, Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band. The Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded Be a grant to produce her next album, «Queer Love Songs». Be Steadwell will be performing live for Tail Feather and will be featured in other concerts in Seattle in June.
The creative duo Sadiqua Iman and Alia Kache are actual sisters that have aided each other behind the scenes of each others projects for decades. Now for the first time they are working side by side as creator/director and costume designer/choreographer in a humorous and humbling, queer and bold new work, Tail Feather.
International Black Female Choreographer
Alia Kache, Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellow, has a way of making all dancers she works with become kinesthetic story tellers. Choreographer for Memphis Ballet, Chattanooga, Ballet, Renegade Performance Group, Cistermúsica (Alcobaça, Portugal), Associação de Dança de Leiria (Leiria, Portugal), Harlem Arts Festival, and for contestants of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Georgia pageants (Miss America Organization). Graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in 2004, Alia Kache subsequently joined Ailey II and also performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Creative Outlet, Genesis Dance Company, CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal), and Opera Company Philadelphia. Alia has appeared in Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary, Cordoniu Navidad 2007 (Barcelona, Spain). She was a featured dancer in Big League Theatricals’ International Aida Tour, and danced in Disney’s The Lion King (Gazelle Tour). She currently works as a freelance choreographer, and costume designer in L.A. Learn more about her work at aliakache.com
Director and Creator of “Tail Feather”
Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Sadiqua Iman is an interdisciplinary artist that challenges preconceived notions of marginalized identities through theater, dance, poetry, song, and photography. Sadiqua Iman is Founder/ Artistic Director of Earth Pearl Collective, a queer black womyns social justice non profit organization dedicated to healing communities through artistic collaborations. Through EPC she has launched the community health initiative Healing Revolution, a sexual health and awareness event called, C.L.I.T. (Consciously Learning Intimacy Together), and directed an all female cast of Tennessee William’s, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to raise awareness of same sex domestic violence in Chicago, IL. Sadiqua works as a freelance director, costume designer, teaching artist, and project manager in Seattle, Chicago, and Washington. D.C. She has has curated performances at the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Sovereign: Queer Black One Womyn Show Festival, Seattle Art Museum, Core Art Gallery, Columbia College LGBTQ Department, and performs commissioned acts across the country as her burlesque/boilesque persona, Namii.
“Tail Feather” makes it’s world premier at the historical Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute June 14-16th, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at https://eventbrite.com/e/tail-feather-tickets-44763594115
Please follow #boisofafeather to stay up to date on panel discussions, workshops, and events leading up to opening night. This show does have strong adult content and is not recommended for youth under 13 years of age.
For press inquiries please contact Sadiqua Iman at earthpearlcollective.com