KNOT IN MY NAME
DIRECTED BY TRISTAN POWELL
Created and performed by Ita Segev
In collaboration with & directed by Tristan Powell
Video design by Matt Romein
Composition and sound design by Theda Hammel
Costume changing & labor of care by Cynthia Citlallin and Spencer Bang
Knot In My Name is a multimedia performance work that explores the intersections of Segev’s personal and sociopolitical contexts as an anti-Zionist Israeli trans woman immigrating to the U.S. Weaving together text, movement, elaborate sound and video design, biting humor, many characters and even more costume changes, this piece is an invitation to experience the necessary heartbreak that comes from confronting the huge gaps between the reality and narratives we are taught about the body and place we are born into. By letting go of what never really belonged to us, we might create the space for reclaiming what does.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ita Segev makes performance, writes, performs, acts and does advocacy & community building work, mainly around the intersection of her personal and sociopolitical contexts as an anti-Zionist Israeli trans woman.
Ita is a 2019 Gibney presents Artist in Residence where she is premiering her show ‘Knot In My Name’ which was developed through a 2018-2019 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence program, a 2018 New York Theater workshop summer residency, a Fall 2017 BAX space grant as well as grants from Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Ita recently collaborated in different capacities with Tristan Powell, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Shakina Nayfack, Lillieth Glimcher & RAD Pereira (You Are Here) and Juliana May. She’s performed in institutions such as as The Public Theater, La MaMa, Abrons Art Center, Danspace Project, Williamstown Theater Festival, MaSS MoCA, PACE Gallery, NYLA and Woolly Mammoth and spoke in universities such as NYU and Columbia University.
Ita is the founder of ‘T4Palestine’ (in collaboration with Daryn Copland) – an open online recourse for trans folks in the US looking to take hormones that are not produced by the state of Israel and ‘(Space) For the Girls’ – a residency and curatorial program at Brooklyn Art Exchange for trans women and femmes making live performance.
You can read/hear/see more about Ita’s personal story, sociopolitical context, advocacy work and casual stunting on Out Magazine, Condé Nast’s Them magazine, Lenny Letter, PROTOCOLS, Trans Dance and Unsettled podcast and follow her on IG @itaqt!
Tristan Powell is a director working across time based arts, primarily focusing on transfeminine representation. She was a 2018 Half Initiative Ryan Murphy Directing Fellowship Mentee on the FX network show Pose. Other work includes: GRL BRAIN (creator/performer, Danspace Project); WENDY, PETER. PETER, WENDY. by Joshua Conkel (director, Single Carrot Theatre); Jared and Ivanka, Live (creator/performer, Dixon Place); CHARM by Philip Dawkins (asst. to Will Davis, MCC); LGNA / VGNA (creator/ performer, Center for Performance Research); I USED TO LOVE YOU (asst. to Annie-B Parson, Big Dance Theatre/Martha Graham Dance Co.); Riot Antigone (performer, La Mama ETC); Titanic 1997, Iraq 2003 (director, Dixon Place); BRITISH HONDURAS FANTASY by Ariel Zetina (director, The Brick); Sommerfugl (asst. to Stephen Brackett, InViolet). She received a 2016 Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant.
Ita Segev photos by Maria Baranova. Tristan Powell photo by Robert Kalas.
Join us before the performance on October 4th to catch Living Gallery: Ashley Brockington at 7:00 pm.
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