What does theatre look like outside of White Supremacy? Outside of Capitalism? Trauma? The Reclamation Project uses the current moment to consider what we could look like without the baggage that has weighed down our previous work as Black artists, Indigenous artists, artists of color, LGBTQIA+ artists, and disabled artists. By creating five day residencies with theatres in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, we allow artists the opportunity to reimagine our relationship to these physical spaces and the work associated with them.
The Reclamation Project seeks to provide BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disabled artists a place to rename ourselves in front of our communities. Through partnerships with local theaters, we are creating opportunities for ourselves to be present in our fullness in spaces that have diminished or failed to celebrate us in our entirety. Even though COVID-19 and current social distancing standards limit the number of people that can be physically present in a space, our work is shared with the public via livestream to encourage conversations around healing even while these spaces are empty.
In a time when we can dream about the future of Theatre, we can also trouble the foundations of existing institutions to free ourselves from the past. With a grounding in dramaturgy and testimonies from our broader community, we allow 3-5 artists the chance to safely create a performance/ installation that is designed to manifest healing for them and other artists in a specific space. We are more than our trauma, we are our joy, and we reclaim the fullness of our beings in these places of past hurt.