Memoirs of a…Unicorn weaves performance, sound, and media to ritualistically remember, interrogate, and relish in the “Unicorns” of the artist’s life. Occupying roles like Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Uncle, Cousin, Homie, Pahtna, and Fam, these powerful figures merge with images of the magical creature that is full of mercurial passion, timelessness, and fortitude.
During Unicorn’s creation and initial performances, Forté-Saunders collected footage of interviews, production processes, and more, and went deeper into her investigation by making a 30 minute film entitled, BLUEPRINT. Not only did the project give an inside look into the making of the stage work and family-line, but it was a reinterpretation of the piece, focusing on questions like, “what was your flight pattern?” (i.e., how’d you get to be so fly?) and “what was your blueprint for becoming?”.
Join Marjani Forté-Saunders | 7NMS, CounterPulse, MoAD, and ODC Theater for a screening of this powerful and accessible film and to engage in dialogue around the work before the final presentation at ODC Theater Friday – Sunday, November 4-6, 2022.
This collaboration between ODC Theater and Marjani Forté-Saunders was made possible in part by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals ArtsForward program, generously supported by The Mellon Foundation, to aid the presenting and touring field’s safe, vibrant, and equitable reopening and recovery. This work is co-presented by CounterPulse and The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marjani Forté-Saunders is a mother, choreographer, performer, and organizer. She is a 2021 Dance Magazine Harkness Awardee, a 2020 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists Award. Her work as an artist and organizer is informed by years in anti-racist training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and as a lead facilitator with UBW’s Builders Organizers and Leaders through Dance. Anchored in a steady collaboration with partner and composer Everett Asis Saunders, the duo has emerged as 7NMS (seven names), currently developing their latest work, PROPHET. They are also founding directors of ART & POWER (2018), a platform and conduit dedicated to Black Radical Experimentalists, driven by purpose and innovation.
Header photo of by Ian Douglas courtesy of American Realness