Theatrical Jazz and Phases of Black Womanhood in Batiste’s Blue Gold & Butterflies–Stephanie Batiste, Ph.D.

  • Friday, April 9, 2021 • 4:00 pm
  • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

This presentation blends the creative and scholarly in a consideration of Batiste’s play “Blue Gold & Butterflies.” Batiste reflects on the critical goals of her creative efforts to capture the history of a family and the impacts of trauma, choice, and change. A goddess, a ghost, and a memory accompany a mother and daughter on their journeys through self realization. Lasting affective shift becomes a goal that lurks deeper than self reflection and beyond generational legacy. Our characters both love through and rely on the the maladaptations they strive to change. Through poetry, the play happens in multiple temporalities at the same time as the women strive to pass down intergenerational love. In prose and play, the women reach towards a collective way of relating to each other as well as to knowledge and ambiguities of self. Repetitions and resonances across generations emerge in meetings with the past, with spirit, and with the ancestors to ask what it means to survive trauma and live with loving intention.

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