FEMMECESTOR JOURNIES – curated by Shruti Purkayastha
June 1 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$20.00 - $25.00
A time to honor our spectrum of femme ancestors. Known consciously or intuitively, we are carrying their journeys through our own. We recreate their stories through our healing. This is for the part of each of us that honors femme wisdom. The knowledge in the unknown, the black space, the ways we will heal in a spiral formation, the ways we create breaks in the ground for truth to flourish like a tree.
Part mythology, part vibrational testimony, part processional, we weave a collective legacy of Femme Freedom. Full circles growing, we witness each other. A time to recognize the truth of survival through beauty and mess. Featuring an excerpt of Shruti Bala’s new work smoky counsel, they are joined by the incredible artists Davia Spain and Edxie Betts. Join this night to honor queer and trans black and brown femmes for a night of performance to ascend into the past/present/future.
Shruti Bala Purkayastha is a theater artist, poet, songstress/vocalist, deep roots healer, spirit worker, femme, dream heart warrior, oracle, tree lover, mysoginy slayer and organizer with midwestern roots based in Los Angeles/Tongva Land. Their work is guided by ancestors and love spirits, encouraging us to break cycles, pay reparations and heal deeper to move closer to collective liberation. Their current projects include a solo show called smokey counsel exploring femme labor, healing fire rituals, reclaiming voice/breaking silence, and the impacts of casteism. They are working with modes of intuitive and energy healing with a decolonizing lens, through their practice, Bala Mandala Healing. They are so grateful to support ancestors to continue to support new legacies of living her on our home planet Earth. balamandala.org // IG: @shrutibalap
edxie Is a Black, Blackfoot, Filipinx, Disabled (Neuro-divergent),Trans Femme multi media insurrectionary artist, cultural worker and autonomous organizer. They do direct support for queer and trans political prisoners. Their art and cultural work is aimed at inspiring healing, uplift, encouraging critical thought, dialogue and direct actions. https://justseeds.org/product/stop-the-violence-against-trans/ ; https://www.tdor.co/edxie-betts
Davia Spain is a dynamic performing artist, transformative presenter, informed educator, and filmmaker who uses her various platforms as opportunities to speak truth to power. Through her work, she taps into the healing abilities that performance art offers both on and off stage. She believes that by utilizing the radical potential of movement and song as vehicles for change we can reach a destination of collective rejuvenation and transformation. Her understanding of our world has been shaped by her unique positionality as a Black Trans Woman, rooting her in the understanding that change is only possible when a shift in power structures occurs. And this is where her work lies, as a relayer of information about how this change can happen in ways that sustainably uplift disenfranchised peoples – namely black trans femmes. Due to the intense adversity she faces, Davia is deeply invested in offering her skills and knowledge to the efforts of creating more opportunities for people like her to be given revered positions of power in our society.