BRONX GOTHIC (Okwui Okpokwasili): Are you awake?

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Encircled in white clothe, the stage and seating are drawn together. The softly lit performer’s space is set with plants, tipped lamps, and plastic bags caught by an unseen breeze. Turned away from the audience, making curving pulsating shadows on the curtains she faces, solo performer Okwui Okpokwasili moves virtuosically—pure and constant movement set to looping sounds. The music elevates to a fevered noise loop of aggressive conversation. The solo body articulates a blend of pedestrian posturing and modern and West African dance.

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