BLACK POETRY THEATER
TELLING STORIES THROUGH VERSE AND PERFORMANCE
“Saints & Ain’ts:” Spoken Word/Theatre
BOOM Charlotte April 21-23, 2023
“Saints & Ain’ts” is a performance project centered on the poetry of Dasan Ahanu. Inspired by Black Southern practices, “Saints & Ain’ts” is a welcoming call for creative fellowship. Part Sunday service reinterpretation, part juke joint reimagining, and part underground dance club escapism, this work invites the audience into a communal celebration of life, faith, resiliency and Black joy.
This work was written by Ahanu as a reminder that, with the right lens, holy words, doctrines and scripture can apply to everyone. Complete with a hip hop choir, live beats and spiritual samples, this happening will give attendees an opportunity to envision this possibility, to hold space in new ways, and to turn art into a joyful noise.
A Season of Mystery
For our 2023-2024 season we will be embarking on a journey of mystery, exploration and discovery. We will have three shows for you, one in the fall, one in the winter and one in the spring. Be prepared to laugh, wonder, question, and uncover as you go on this adventure with us.
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Joseph “Church” Churchwell is a creative graphic designer and project manager with more than 10 years of experience in design, branding and marketing development. His company, JRC3, produces billboards, T-shirts, logos, flyers/posters, marketing and branding campaigns. Church is also a poet, spoken word artist, motivational speaker and playwright.
Church Da Poet
Dasan Ahanu is a award winning poet and performance artist, public speaker, community organizer, educator, scholar and emcee. He has performed across the country, appeared on national radio and TV, published three books of poetry, been featured in various periodicals and released numerous recordings. He works with organizations and institutions to develop effective arts strategies to enhance their work in the community.