Black Women Dreaming: Divine The Darkeness

Black Women Dreaming Opening Ceremony 2017 - photo by Robbie Sweeny

Black Women Dreaming Opening Ceremony 2017 - photo by Robbie Sweeny


Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang present

Black Women Dreaming “divine the darkeness”

A Public Interactive Installation and A Private Ritual of Resting Sleep

MARCH 24 – APRIL 14, 2019

Black Women Dreaming is Episode 13 of House/Full of BlackWomen, site-specific ritual performance project that addresses issues of displacement, well being, and sex trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland. Set in various public sites throughout Oakland over a two-year period, this community-engaged project is performed as series of “Episodes” driven by the core question, “How can we, as black women and girls find space to breathe, and be well within a stable home?”

MARCH 24 – APRIL 14, 2019
Art Installation
Created by Alexa Burrell/Shelley Davis Roberts/Stephanie Johnson

Sunday March 24 5:00-7:00pm
Opening Ceremony “blessing of the beds”
Opening invocation: Tobe Melora Correal/Yvette Aldama
Sound Healing: Gina Breedlove
Decolonizing our Dreams: Amber McZeal

Tuesday March 27 6:30-8:30pm
Artist Talk “divine the darkeness and the neuromelanin wall”:
Artists in conversation with Ashara Ekundayo

Thursday April 4  6:00-8:00pm
Dream Writing Workshop with
A-lan Holt

Saturday April 14  6:00-8:00pm
Closing Ceremony Twilight Procession

MARCH 24 8PM – MARCH 31, 12PM 2019
Undisclosed Location, Oakland

Sign Up to Dream
“Black Women Dreaming” durational ritual of black women sleeping, resting, and dreaming over seven consecutive days and nights in an Undisclosed Oakland Location.

This is a private space that intentionally prioritizes the experiences, voices and bodies of black womxn* and girls. *all who experience life through the lens of womxn/girl in body, spirit, identity past, present, future and fluid.