My dear friend, the legendary performance artist Vaginal Davis will be staging a conversation with NYU Performance Studies professor Jose Munoz (author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics among other important texts, and also my esteemed advisor). I will be there with bells on and I heartily encourage you all to join me!
“No One Leaves Delilah”: A (W)rap on Race a conversation withDr. Vaginal Davis
October 31, Wednesday
7:30 to 9 pm
Department of Performance Studies 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612
The Women’s One World café, also known as WOW, is a place for women to express their opinions on gender, race and most prominent, sexual orientation. This troop of women set up shows at the speed of light each night to entertain their followers and new comers. They want to spread their opinions and show their lifestyle as a beautiful thing and not something that to this day is looked down upon.
I found it funny that they compared the WOW café to a carnival. From the very beginning it seemed just that. Most people go to carnivals for the attractions but mostly for the interesting people. This is exactly why most people come to the performances at the WOW café. They come to see the performers and watch in awe as they enlighten their audience on a subject uncomfortable to most.
Not only is it like a carnival to the audience but it is also a carnival to the performers. Backstage is a chaotic mess that miraculously seems to work for them. They move around often and make new rules on the fly. Most companies would never survive in that working environment but for some reason that’s the only way this company will continue with its success.
I really enjoyed the book title on page 92 that’s says, “All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave.” It then goes on to state “the urge for unity, wholeness, and belonging that community denotes underpins various forms of racial, ethnic, and economic chauvinism and segregation. Community and homogeneity, then, are two of the same coin. “ This quote is very important to our class because it touches on the struggles of inequality of women and their standings in the community, how different ethnicities have to fight to fit into society and how class is predetermined so people are predestined to stay in a certain social class.