In our western society, relaxation and rest are a luxuries reserved for the privileged and rich. Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. Our culture has required that people of color present themselves as extraordinary performers, athletes, or entertainers in order to exist in the public realm. Choir of the Slain (Part XX) is the second installment of the eponymous evening-length opera created by Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa: A live song and dance activation from bed. The performance plays with multiplicitous states of being idle. Protesting the power relations of the night, which deprive people of color of rest, Sosa and Acosta create a choir, soothe and still waters, animating lace front units, bedroom negligé and other gender and sound practices.
BY AND WITH Navild Acosta, Fannie Sosa PERFORMANCE Yvette Robertson, Maya Williams
Choir of the Slain (Part XX) is a production by Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Creative Capital and USA Artists Disability Futures Fund. The guest performance is Berlin is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund within the framework of the festival Risk and Resilience. With friendly support of Performance Space New York. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.