Bodies on the Gears: Dr. des. Nana Adusei-Poku - Gibney
Week of July 2, 2020
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Bodies on the Gears:
Dr. des. Nana Adusei-Poku

Dr. des. Nana Adusei-Poku

Dr. des. Nana Adusei-Poku

Friday, January 4, 4:00pm
The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway
Co-Commissioned by American Realness and Yale’s Theater Magazine
Presented by Gibney

Blackness is not monolithic.
There are many ways to be Black.
There are many Diasporas and many Black His/Her/Their – stories.
Many of these diasporas and stories intersect and intertwine.

During the last ten years African American artists have gained stronger representation in European cultural contexts, often whilst local Afro European histories and peoples remain overlooked and marginalized.

When exhibiting and/or performing abroad African American performers encounter these European cultural contexts, and are confronted with viewers who have limited knowledge of local racial discourses, African American history, or Black performance history.

This performative lecture engages with the ways in which Black identity is experienced, through an autobiographical collage, which situates itself outside of the middle passage narrative in order to open gateways of relations, which find seldom address in the US American dominant narrative of Blackness.

Photo by Argenis Apolinario

Part of Bodies on the Gears, a series of five lecture performances curated by Tom Sellar as part of American Realness 2019.


The accessible entrance for this location is located at 280 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings. To access the elevator, attendees may be asked to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 280 Broadway entrance after 5:00 pm or on the weekend should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing

280 Broadway
Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
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New York, NY 10007
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