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Rituals of Resilience: Imagining Survival

Poster for: Rituals of Resilience: Imagining Survival A free public performance by Rhodessa Jones and the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. Thursday, March 5, 2020 / Sonja Haynes Stone Center Auditorium at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 150 South Road, Chapel Hill 7:00-8:30PM. To be followed by a talk back session

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Rituals of Resilience: Imagining Survival is a free public performance by San Francisco-based artist, director, and performer Rhodessa Jones and members of The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle, an award-winning performance workshop committed to incarcerated women’s personal and social transformation.

Rhodessa and her group explore dramatic performance as a means of women reclaiming their lives through the creative process. Rituals of Resistance is an evening of storytelling rooted in truth-telling as a means of women (ex-offenders, poets, dancers and singers) utilizing autobiography and giving voice to our personal experiences in celebrating our journeys. The performance is a tapestry made up of stories birthed over several decades of cultivating the incarcerated woman’s voice. She too is testifying and navigating the landscape of “me too” as well as honoring the sacred circles that make up the culture of womanhood in a world gone mad.

A talk-back session will follow the performance. On Friday, March 6, the artists will participate in further conversation with small groups. Limited space is available; contact Patricia Rosenmeyer ( or Al Duncan ( for more information.

This event is part of the Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences initiative, which was launched in the fall of 2019 in the College of Arts & Sciences to foster community and understanding and help students discuss difficult topics. The event is brought to you by the department of classics, with financial support of the Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Countering Hate initiative and the Performing Arts Special Activities Fund.

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