October 5-14, 2012 marks the 3rd annual tour of Black queer women poets and artists, THE REVIVAL. A 9 day community-funded tour of independent artists, THE REVIVAL travels to Toronto, Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta, DC and Durham. I just happened to be lucky enough to catch up with the creator of the tour, Jade Foster, in what seems like a brief calm before the storm.
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Talking me through what she recognized as a need to honor the queer tradition of demanding safe space, Foster begins the interview by explaining to me that “THE REVIVAL is a salon-styled night of poetry, music, and so much more – each event takes place in a staged local home.”
“It’s important that we really let the community understand that THE REVIVAL is for them … created by them,” continues Foster. “This year, the only funds we started with came from our Kickstarter campaign! So this year’s tour is truly a celebration of the community from which the tour is birthed.”
THE REVIVAL's touring troupe includes Cave Canem fellow, t'ai freedom ford, DC arts icon, Solsis, and folksinger, B. Steady. With huge local and online followings, plus years of combined performing experience, THE REVIVAL 2012 troupe sounds much more than promising. According to Foster, “Each artist brings their own style. They’ve all got their own vibe, you know? When you’re in it, it’s going to feel like one grand orgy of performance and poetry and deep exploration of love, sex, and spirituality … all that moves you.”
"Poetry is what this thing is rooted in,” says Foster, further explaining THE REVIVAL’s history. “Poetry is how we warrior women tell our stories. It’s our mode of open reflection. … THE REVIVAL hasn’t lost its roots, but it has grown…”
THE REVIVAL begins this Friday, October 5 in Brooklyn with Lambda Literary fellow, Charan Morris, as feature.
Every stop on the tour features light fare, a cash bar and a local guest poet. Brooklyn is only the beginning!
On October 6, THE REVIVAL moves to Toronto with artist and activist, Kim Crosby. October 9 finds The REVIVAL troupe as a special guest feature at POW WOW Open Mic, one of the country's longest running black lesbian open mics.
The group moves south for the October 11 Atlanta showing with Red Summer, author of Raw Sugar. On October 12, THE REVIVAL calls Durham home for the night with Mobile Homecoming Project's Alexis Pauline Gumbs.
October 13 marks the final showing of THE REVIVAL 2012 in DC, where the tour was created. The city will experience a “Welcome Home Concert” with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and DC Youth Slam Team. The night’s festivities will be followed by a very special after party celebrating the closing of the full tour.
Describing the core of THE REVIVAL, Foster reminds us, “It’s more than just a night with a bunch of beautiful women. It’s more than a lot of nights with a bunch of beautiful women. It’s more than taking a too long road trip with a bunch of friends hoping to change a few lives. THE REVIVAL is a collective artistic reminder of our greatness as women … our power as women … our openness. It’s just … us!"
For more information, contact Jade Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.747.8802.
Advanced Tickets are available at: cereusarts.eventbrite.com.