“To give love to our inner selves we must first give attention, recognition and acceptance. Having let ourselves know that we will not be punished for acknowledging who we are or what we feel we can name the problems we see” – bell hooks, author of Sisters of the Yam: Black Women & Self-Recovery.
The body is an archive. It remembers everything – even the things that the head forgets.
Heather Agyepong’s powerful new solo performance The Body Remembers explores how trauma lives in the body, particularly for Black British women across different generations. Through a unique and compelling relationship between the audience and artist, it creates a collective cathartic experience.
Created & performed by multidisciplinary artist & actor Heather Agyepong, The Body Remembers features interviews of Black British women in trauma recovery. The performance is inspired by the therapeutic practice of Authentic Movement with Agyepong as The Mover and the audience as The Witness. Featuring dynamic projections and an immersive soundscape which help the audience to re-discover the power of self-reflection as the start of recovery and healing.
Co-created by Imogen Knight (movement) and Gail Babb (dramaturgy), The Body Remembers creates a space for the audience and artist to attend to themselves and each other.
Please note: At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to leave when they’re ready or look at the objects used in the performance that will remain on stage.
Performances and post-show talks for Black Women
There are specific performances on 18 & 25 March open to Black women (cis/trans), Black non-binary and Black genderqueer people who attend the show people, particularly those with a lived experience of trauma, going through healing. These performances will be accompanied by post-show talks, find out more and book online.
The Body Remembers: Movement & Mindfulness Workshop
Inspired by the belief that “the body holds our entire life experience,” join Lesley Asare’s workshop aims to create the space for Black women (cis/trans), Black non-binary and Black genderqueer people to self-reflect through the expressive arts. Limited spaces are available. Find out more and book online.
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Created and performed by Heather Agyepong
Dramaturg and Co-Creator Gail Babb
Movement Director and Co-Creator Imogen Knight
Video Designer Gillian Tan
Sound Designer Donato Wharton
Associate Sound Designer Raffaela Pancucci
Stage Managers Tanya Stephenson and Stella Kailides
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Dawn Estefan