By Suzan-Lori Parks Directed by Judyie Al-Bilali March 28, 29, 30 April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 The Curtain Theater In Venus, Suzan-Lori Parks remembers and re-imagines the historical figure of Sarah Baartman, known to the world as "the Hottentot Venus." In the early 19th century, Baartman, a Khoisan woman from South Africa, was taken from her country and displayed across Europe as a freak and a medical anomaly for her large buttocks. Parks uses Baartman's story and the medium of theater as a powerful platform to ask audience members to consider what it means to watch, to be seen, and to engage in a performance. This show is not appropriate for children and young teens.

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Open to the public. The community can choose to participate.

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March 28, 2013 to April 6, 2013


United States

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Anna-Maria Goossens

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College of Humanities and Fine Arts/Theater

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