As Sins Invalid Approaches the Stage
by Leroy F. Moore Jr.As we move into our 4th performance year, Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility raises the bar for creative expression around embodiment, sexuality, disability, race and queerness, striving for an intersectional political framing in its community building on and off the stage.October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2009 marks the date for our Sins Invalid shows at the historic Brava Theater in the heart of the Mission district in San Francisco. Artists with disabilities who are people of color and/or people from LGBTQI communities are coming from close and afar including our own West Coast, the deep South and across the pond from England.This year Sins Invalid will reflect the truth that our bodies, your body, all bodies are magical, and to bring it home Sins Invalid’s Artistic Core has juried a breath-taking show for you, including these artists…Aurora Levins Morales, a nationally known writer whose work has been widely anthologized and taught. You may recognize Aurora’s name as a contributor to the groundbreaking 1981 collection This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Her work will be in collaboration with John Benson’s Kinetic Sculpture. John also created an alternative show space simply called “The Bus.” Subject of many print and web articles, two film documentaries and three radio interviews, the bus is a mobile music and art venue that has done two US tours and about two hundred shows.Mat Fraser, one of the United Kingdom’s best-known disabled performers. Mat’s work includes televised documentaries such as Born Freak, his study of freak shows and disabled performers in history, Happy Birthday Thalidomide, and Unarmed and Dangerous.Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a Worcester-raised, Toronto-matured, Oakland-based queer Sri Lankan writer, performer and teacher. Leah is the 2009-10 Artist in Residence at UC Berkeley’s Poetry for the People program and the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili, North America’s only touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performing artists. Her one-woman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured nationally.Todd Herman is a co-founder of Sins Invalid and is a Project Advisor. His visual art works often explore relationships between documentary images and poetic texts, and range from a newly released book of photographs about marginalized communities in Kathmandu, Nepal; to films, books and art exhibits that look at connections between birth, memory and mourning; to video productions examining aspects of disability, sexuality and eugenics. His video work will be part of a collaboration between Artistic Director Patty Berne, performers seeley quest, Ralph Dickinson and myself.Join Sins Invalid for our 2009 Performance:WHEN: Friday, October 2nd, 8pmSaturday, October 3rd (ASL Interpreted), 8pmSunday, October 4th, 7pmWHERE: Brava Theater 2789 24th St. (at York) San Francisco, CA [map]ACCESSIBILITY: This venue is wheelchair accessible. Although we cannot guarantee that this will be a scent-free event, we ask people to refrain from using scented products to create a more accessible environment.Artists include: Aurora Levins Morales, Cara Page, Antoine Hunter, Mat Fraser, John Benson, Maria Palacios, Ralph Dickinson, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Nomy Lamm, Todd Herman, Leroy F. Moore Jr., seeley quest, and Patty Berne.Please Note: Show contains explicit contentSupported by the Aepoch Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.Tickets are available online and for cash at the door on a first-come-first-served basis. Shows sell out so buy your tickets early!For more info please call 510.689.7198.