The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body

Lisa B. Thompson
Presented in partnership with Texas Performing Arts + The Vortex

The VORTEX and Fusebox Festival proudly present the world premiere of The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body, a new choreopoem by award-winning playwright and Black cultural studies scholar, Lisa B. Thompson.

“The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body is my theatrical love letter to Black women and girls,” Thompson explains. “The piece calls for radical self-acceptance and self-compassion and celebrates peace, nurturing, rest, care, freedom, joy, and love. It’s about embracing the ‘soft life’ for Black women, whose labor and dedication has sustained people, communities, and institutions.”

The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body meditates on Black women’s experiences from the perspectives of mind, body, and spirit. What makes the piece unique is its focus on middle-aged and older Black women, an often invisible and neglected group, especially by the medical establishment. Thompson also celebrates Black feminist pioneers and icons whose contributions to the arts, culture, politics, and academia transformed the world. The piece culminates in an audience dance party and an invitation for Black women to share their own contributions to Black feminist wisdom.

Lisa B. Thompson’s compelling, poetic storytelling incorporates movement, music, and multimedia design. The new piece features original songs co-written with composers Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., and Vince Anthony. Her long-time collaborator, award-winning director Rudy Ramirez, returns to Austin to direct. Groundbreaking dancer, actor, and choreographer Sadé M. Jones serves as both movement director and performer. Critically acclaimed actors Nadine Mozon and Hayley Armstrong complete the professional performance ensemble.

With the talents of a seasoned artistic team and themes that progress the Black Lives Matter movement, The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body is poised to be a bold, influential work of theatre.

The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body

The VORTEX Wheelchair Accessible
2307 Manor Rd #2135, Austin, TX 78722

Fusebox Opening Weekend: April 12-14 | The show’s entire run continues past Fusebox Fest from April 12-May 4 at The VORTEX

  • April 12, 2024 8:00 pm
  • April 13, 2024 8:00 pm
  • April 14, 2024 6:00 pm
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