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Adventures of a Black Girl

Edris Cooper

Adventures of a Black Girl.... (a trilogy of performances by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe)


Brava! For Women in the Arts presents

Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black (TWB)
February 15-17, 2013


 am currently seeking contributions to support the design and rehearsal of this piece.  I am working with the acclaimed Jose Maria Francos who will direct the show in development .  I need funding to pay for lights and sound design and implementation and for projections to go with the show.  Please help by making a tax -decutible contribution to this project through this website.

The production is an exploration of the impact of African migration, in all of its many manifestations, on the Black Diaspora and on the continents that have become our adopted and adapted homes. Based on my own travels through Europe, the Americas and Africa, Traveling While Black is part travelogue and part history lesson and seeks to exploit the tensions between tourism and colonialism as it interrogates boundaries and  reveals cultural connects and disconnects.  

Black Go
ld, is a poetic meditation designed to shed light on oil atrocities in Nigeria while dynamically revealing the role of empire and the history surrounding the creation of the ‘New World’.  Black Gold was very well received and is being developed as the first chapter of the opening fugue of three fugues that make up the structure of TWB.   

The three fugues are entitled “Night”, “Noon”, and “Morning” - each representative of different phases of the diasporic journey as it relates to culture, identity and empire.

  The opening fugue "
Night/Black Gold"  establishes the mapping of the diasporic continuum and draws economic, physical and metaphysical parallels between the middle passage and the oil trade. It is an exploration of the connections and conflagration of oil and water with slavery, imperialism, and empire, personified by an erotically and politically charged confrontation between the popular West African diety, Mami Wata and Estavanico, the legendary enslaved African who crossed the North American continent and mapped the Gulf of Mexico. With real life stories from the Niger Delta, "Night/Black Gold" detais the devastation created by the inhumane practices of large oil companies.

 Inspired by Langston Hughes’ I Wonder As I Wander , in which he recounts intriguing encounters with African people in surprising places, “
Noon”  examines the post-slavery condition of Black travel, both fanciful and forced. The script is fueled by my own experiences as a Black American traveler/tourist, in travels through Africa (Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, North Africa during times of US aggression in the area); Europe – Eastern and Western Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England and in North and Central America (Mexico, Canada).

“Morning” posits the challenges and triumphs of  post-modern (post-racial?) global migrations and the new perceptions of Blackness in the world of Obama and the war on terrorism.  What does it mean to ‘travel while black’ in the 21st century?  How have the new dimensions of racial profiling affected racial identity and the ease/ unease of travel.  How has 21st century migration affected African American identity in the US and worldwide?    

I am currently seeking contributions to support the design and rehearsal of this piece.  I am working with the acclaimed Jose Maria Francos who will direct the show in development .  I need funding to pay for lights and sound design and implementation and for projections to go with the show.  Please help by making a tax -decutible contribution to this project through this website. 


Adventures of A Black Girl.. In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion
*presented at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; Northwestern University as part of the 2010 solo/black/woman festival, publication pending.


Adventures of A Black Girl...The Oneness of Me

*pre-development, currently forming an ensemble of new and former collaborators.  Artists interested in participating should contact me through Artspire.

Created and directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, The Oneness of Me is ensemble collaboration celebrating the interconnectedness of the planetPart identity theatre, part travelogue, part satire (on the politics of blackness in the world), and part social networking, The Oneness of Me seeks to exploit and explore small world theory in service to the communal nature of theatre. It's goal is to open the door to the interconnectedness that we far too often take for granted as it strengthens the connection between audiences and actors, audiences and audiences and actors and actors.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe is an award-winning actor and theatre director.  Beginning with the Tony award winning political theatre company, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Edris has worked around the country in regional theatre and with critically acclaimed companies like Cultural Odyssey and The Medea Project; Theatre For Incarcerated Women.  Edris has directed nationally at Trinity Repertory Company, Magic Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare, WaterTower Theatre, Theatreworks, Palo Alto among others.  Internationally, Edris has studied with Femi Osofisan and Dapo Adelugba at University of Ibadan, Nigerian where she appeared with the popular sketch comedy troupe, Laff-A-Mania at the historic Arts Theatre of Ibadan. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience in San Francisco and for many years ran the groundbreaking arts institution in the Lower Haight San Francisco, Sugar Shack Performance Gallery and Cultural Center.