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The Body Remembers

Creator/ Performer
Heather Agyepong
Co-Creator (dramaturgy)
Gail Babb
Co-Creator (movement)
Imogen Knight
Dates
7 Oct - 13 Nov 2021

“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 audience and artist to attend to themselves and each other.

 

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

 

The Body Remembers is produced by Fuel, with support from Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn and the Jerwood New Work Fund.

Tickets

Bernie Grant Arts Centre – Book here

Thursday 7 October – Saturday 9 October

DIG 21 – Book here

Friday 15 October

Battersea Arts Centre – Book here

Wednesday 20 October – Saturday 23 October

Wednesday 27 October – Saturday 30 October

Monday 1 November – Thursday 4 November

Exeter Phoenix Theatre – Book here

Tuesday 9 November

Tobacco Factory Theatres – Book here

Friday 12 November – Saturday 13 November

 

Engagement Activities

Theatre Club
29 Oct 2021 | 9pm

Fuel presents The Body Remembers Theatre Club open to black women who’ve attended any of the show’s performances across its tour.

The event is being co-facilitated by Dawn Estefan the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist on The Body Remembers and by Annette Telesford community facilitator and producer involved the project’s development.

A safe space for dialogue and to discuss the themes of the piece.

BSL interpreted by Grace Buckle. Free. Taking place on Zoom.

Duration 1 hour

Book here

Theatre Club
4 November | 7.45pm

Fuel presents The Body Remembers Theatre Club open to anyone who’s attended any of the show’s performances across its tour. 

The event is being co-facilitated by Maddy Costa and by Annette Telesford. 

A safe space for dialogue and to discuss the themes of the piece.

BSL interpreted. Free. Taking place on Zoom.

Duration 1 hour

Book here

 

Movement / Mindfulness
23 and 30 Oct | 1pm

Inspired by the belief that “the body holds our entire life experience,” this workshop aims to create the space for Black Women to self-reflect through the expressive arts.

Through movement, drawing, writing and discussion participants will connect to their bodies, breathe, move, and nourish themselves with ease. Participants will discover and give room to what is alive within them right now within a safe and sacred space.

No artistic or movement experience is necessary. Simply come with an open heart and the willingness to self-reflect, share, listen, connect with others, play and move.

(Please be aware that this workshop is solely a space for self-reflection. As a Tamalpa L2 Teacher Training Graduate trained in the Tamalpa Life Art Process, therapeutic tools will be used in this session but this will not be a space for art psychotherapy.)

(For Black women only with a lived experience of trauma, going through healing)

Duration 1 hour

Register by emailing Belisa at belisa@fueltheatre.com

 

 

Watch The Body Remembers trailer here.

You can also find The Body Remembers documentary on Fuel Digital here 

 

Images Credit: Myah Jeffers