Travelling light is a docu-poem unfolding an moving autobiographical story of three generations of women.It is a gritty and moving multi- artformed account of a mother, daughter and grand-daughter of a Caribbean Windrush Migrant from the Island of Nevis , who is reunited with her own mother after 60 years of seperation.
While the story of reunitin gunfurls, issue of identity, mental health and unpacking the paradoxes that haunt and challenge gender definition and role playing in society. Through the crafts of poetry/spoken word, visuals, song, movement and blogging, Zena Edwards propels the audience through a time warp of evolution in Womanhood, touching on themes of sex, domestic violence, love relationships, race, illusion and the dreams and aspirations of a young woman though some of the most challenging eras of modern Womanhood. TL involves participatory workshops and collaborations with other in the UK and internationally artists.
Traveling Light Participation
The Unpacking Sessions pt 1 & 2
The unpacking experience reveals much about Womanhood and empowerment in the 21st century and how it manifests in our own lives. Over 2 sessions, of exciting discussion and debate, journal writing, photography, drawing and scrap-boarding, we will creatively unpack the baggage around the gender of Woman that we carry around consciously and subconsciously since we were girl toddlers asking “how much does your gender hold you back? Or does It?”
Using performance poetry, creative writing exercises, discussion and
sharing we will explore some of the inflammatory and moving issues
around some of the pressures women endure in this time, eg.:
- media hype around body matters
- dreams and aspiration being met whilst bearing the brunt of economic crisis
- culture, ethnicity and empowerment in womanhood
- sexuality and empowerment
- relationships – intimate and family
- violence and abuse
Extract from Travelling Light as work in progress. Winnipeg, Canada, Sept 23rd.
Travelling Light & ©V:iD
TL’s multi-artform delivery and the universal nature of it’s content is a good example of the kind of work that adheres to ©V:iD mission. The R&D stages of TL involves participatory workshops and collaborations with other in the UK and internationally artists.