The two performers discuss how they build relationships with their audiences, challenging gender norms, fighting fear with art making, and the power of body language in their work.
Becca Blackwell is a New York-based trans actor, performer, and writer. Their play, They, Themself and Schmerm, has been presented across the country. They have collaborated with Young Jean Lee, Noah Baumbach, and Richard Maxwell, among others. Blackwell was the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award.
For this episode, we asked performance artist Becca Blackwell who they’d most like to speak with. They chose Okwui Okpokwasili.
Okwui Okpokwasili is a performer, choreographer, writer and a genre breaking figure in New York’s experimental dance scene. Her productions including Bronx Gothic (2014) and Poor People’s TV Room (2017). She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2018.