‘Body Politics 2013’ Staged March 29-30 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – “Body Politics 2013,” an award-winning original production by and about women of color, will be performed Friday and Saturday, March 29-30 at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Presented by the Women of Color Leadership Network, a program of the Center for Women & Community at UMass Amherst, “Body Politics” explores a range of contemporary issues including the intersection of social identities, cultural appropriation, discrimination and racism, manifestations of internalized oppression, sexuality and violence, as well as feelings around body image, hair texture, skin color and self-esteem. These issues are presented with a serious intellectual and emotional commitment as well as wisdom and humor. Sisterhood, pride, courage and resistance are woven throughout the production.

"Body Politics 2013” features a documentary about “Body Politics” over the past 10 years through the eyes of a number of participants in the program. This year’s show will also include performances by four women of color who have worked with one another throughout the fall semester to share their stories and perspectives through storytelling and creative writing. The projects culminated in the creation of this year’s production. Leslie Saulsberry, a doctoral candidate at the UMass Amherst School of Education, is the facilitator for “Body Politics 2013.” Beverly Eugene and Tiffany Joseph, former participants in the program, serve as the artistic directors for this year’s production of “Body Politics.”

The event is free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Donations are always appreciated and everyone is welcome.

For information about the Women of Color Leadership Network and the Center for Women & Community, call 413/545-1671 or 413/545-0883.

“Body Politics 2013”is made possible with support from the UMass Arts Council.