Updates on my current work

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June - September 2018; Berlin

Berlin Biennale - KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Sitting on a Man’s Head by Okwui Okpokwasili

For Sitting on a Man’s Head (2018), Okpokwasili collaborated with her partner Peter Born and a number of Berlin-based artists to produce a work that adopts the tactics of a form of protest traditionally practiced by women in eastern Nigeria, metaphorically called “sitting on a man’s head.” Through a collective invasion of seats of power, it was a strategy used to speak back, air grievances, and effect change. Okpokwasili and her collaborators present an unfolding score that can be activated by all who enter the proffered space. Both score and embodied space work in the service of resistance and self-preservation, so we can “come together, find each other, and call out.”

Commissioned and produced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

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June 2018; Berlin

Maxim Gorki Theater | TALKING STRAIGHT

TALKING STRAIGHT WORLD SCIENCE CENTER explores the beginning of the phantasm of a hyper-flexible world network: a combination of financial theology, radical sensuality and post-human politics. The TS Start Up founding myth culminates in a simulation of the entire cosmos, which is made tangible for every individual through corporate science. Now is the time to destroy one’s own creation to make room for a new creation myth.

Premiere Thursday 28.6.; Friday 29.6. and Saturday 30.6.

Gorki Talking Straight

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April 2018; Berlin

Expat Expo | Immigrant Invasion Festival

The Expat Expo | Immigrant Invasion: A Showcase of Wahlberliner is an annual festival conceived and curated by Daniel Brunet that debuted in 2013.

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center puts its Miete where its mouth is with this festival featuring our most important resource – the community of international artists and the English-language Freie Szene.

Over six evenings, the Expo features a curated selection of one or two performances per evening on our stage (in every genre imaginable) and on Sunday, April 22, we invite you to ExpLoRE, the format for newcomers, shorter performances and work-in-progress taking place throughout our entire facility, from our stage to our dressing rooms to our breathtaking courtyard.

The 2018 edition of the festival will be held from April 22 – April 28, 2018.

ExpatExpo

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February 26th and 27th, 2018; SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 | Berlin

Black History Month | (Self)-Vations

In celebration of Black History Month, several Berlin based artists from multiple backgrounds come together to form The Blackism Collective. Blackism is the most succinct term which we employ to describe our mission to promote the autonomy of Blackness, in all its diversity and nuance through performance art and multimedia. Self-Vation speaks to the individual dancer’s and collective dancers expression of varying emotional worlds. In doing so the viewer is obliged to behold experiences of Blackness that are unique, complex and moving. Navigating through various African disaporic channels, using dance, theatre, poetry, music and video, Blackism aims to decolonize and center our entireties.

The collective was founded by performers, Nasheeka Nedsreal and Adrian Blount in 2017.

selfvations

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January 25th-28th, 2018; Berlin

Exhibition: Unit of Measurement

An exhibition of spatial compositions: installation and performance through sound, light, and other media by class Ishida - Sound, Art and Technology-poiesis in UNI.K | Studio für Klangkunst und Klangforschung, Universität der Künste Berlin

Unit of Measurement is a multidisciplinary exhibition that is infused by notions such as “in-between”, “ephemeral”, “immaterial” and “spatial”. Through the dynamics that these notions evoke the works will address the relations between physical and spiritual, visible and invisible, natural and artificial, the technological and the human. The St. Thomas Friedhof, is a particularly privileged space to address and meditate on these more or less ageless and ever present questions, and particularly to cultivate an awareness regarding the new iterations/expressions in which such questions present themselves in our contemporary existence.

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January, 18th, 2018; Volksbühne, main stage, Berlin

iO Tillett Wright - Darling Days

At six years old, iO doesn't want to be a girl any more. In New York's East Village at the end of the 80's, unorthodox decisions are assets: so iO presents herself as a boy. And grows up in a raw wonderland with little to no boundaries – among drag queens, performance artists and his godmother Nan Goldin's friends ... His memoir Darling Days recounts the search for authenticity in a lost place.

Salome Kiessling, Parisa Madani und Adrian Marie Blount read alongside iO Tillett Wright.

Volkbühne

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January, 9th, 2018; Deriva, Berlin

Domicilium

To call a country home To identify with land To assign importance to your domicile

Familiar and foreign. Tenuous yet ubiquitous.

The construction of identity is something with which we all struggle. Artists do so openly for the benefit of those who choose to listen.

Domicilium is an event aimed at giving space to that interaction. Join us for a night of performances by 8 featured writers.

Domicilium

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December 16th, 2017; Sari Sari, Berlin

Submerge

Submerge will delve into the mysteries of the mind. Using sensory and performative works to explore the inner workings of the psyche. In collaboration with the ever-inventive Nowhere Kitchen, Charlotte Colgate and Paul Miller present an immersive evening of food, performance and art.

Life in all of its vitality will be celebrated on Sari Sari's ground floor. Expect measured musings through to a frenzy of energy with spoken word, dance and musical performances from;

RO / KATHERINE LEUNG and ELZA ZAIKINAITE / ELPENOR / NOIRPHILES (Adrian Blount) / MAYIIA

Submerge

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November 06 & 07, 2017; at 8pm, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin

MIRROR, MIRROR - Republik Repair

Mirror, Mirror sammelt Wissen und Gedanken Schwarzer Frauen, die bewusst mit ihren Identitäten umgehen und Raum dafür einfordern. Ein Prozess der Heilung. Basierend auf dem Beginn eines Theaterstücks von Christine Seraphin, ist diese Inszenierung zu einer Gemeinschaftsarbeit geworden, die von den Erinnerungen und Erfahrungen der Soul Sisters Community inspiriert ist.

Mirror, Mirror ist eine Theaterinszenierung, in der neun Schwarze Frauen die Kontrolle über ihre Geschichten und Ausdrucksformen haben. Indem es unterdrückte und marginalisierte Stimmen in den Vordergrund rückt, betont das Stück die heilende Wirkung des Erzählens der eigenen Geschichte. Mirror, Mirror zeigt eine Perspektive, die den Raum für Reflexion und positive Transformation weit öffnet.

Die Soul Sisters sind ein Berliner Kollektiv Schwarzer Frauen, das sich für die Dekolonisierung und das Empowerment Schwarzen weiblichen Bewusstseins auf lokaler und internationaler Ebene einsetzt.

Republik Repair ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe von Kultursprünge im Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH, gefördert aus Mitteln der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Mirror Mirror

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October 22, 2017; Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin

Workshop: Breath & Posture as Tools of Resistance & Self-Care

Movement Happenings: Breath & Posture What we feel- love, jealousy, loneliness, connection, rage or (be)longing- shows up physically and affects the way we breathe and hold our bodies. Our bodies memorize reoccurring emotions and these can manifest in the form of physical well-being (positive emotions) or tension or pain (negative emotions). What kinds of macro-aggressions and micro-aggressions are you confronted with (in public spaces) in Berlin? How do images and videos of violence against black bodies circulating the internet affect you?

Adrian Blount will perform her short multimedia piece “I Can’t Breathe” exploring how Black people can be triggered by images and video showing violence against Black bodies. We then invite you to join us in exploring various breathing techniques/exercises from Yoga and theater as healing tools to create awareness of how experiences with aggression affect your body and to center, cleanse and affirm your bodies.

We want to share rituals of self-care that allow for joy and freedom in the face of increased experiences with terror against our bodies. IMPORTANT: Please respect that this workshop is ONLY open to black people. All Black bodies are welcome within the space. No prior knowledge of Yoga, performance or writing is required to participate.

Movement Workshop

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Oktober 18, 2017; Noize Fabrik, Berlin

Re-imagining race

"What you must understand is that my race is not skin-deep, it is an integral part of me, for I cannot imagine myself without it, and this is what I wish to change" - Naniso

‘Re-imagining race’ will showcase the work of six amazingly talented spoken word and visual artists. In their own unique language they will explore the importance and necessity of re-imagining race.

The “Re-imagining” series is an effort to explore different perspectives and to un-box and de-box our approaches to key societal issues. It seeks to underscore the importance of unpacking polarisations and cyclical patterns and radically re-think how we address, tackle and perceive these all-important challenges.

Artists: Charlie Dupré, Adrian Blount, Izzy Choudhary, Tal Griffit, K.Zia, Nasheeka Nedsreal

Re-imagining race

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Oktober 18, 2017

Conglomerate • Block Four • Berlin Premiere

CONGLOMERATE is pleased to announce the BERLIN premiere of BLOCK FOUR

Screening at: Kino Central, Berlin on October 18, 2017; 20:00

Someday's Trailer from CONGLOMERATE.

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August 11, 2017; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Kinshasa Collection

Managed and Directed by Goitseone (Goitse) Montsho, Kinshasa Collection Fashion Show highlights the contrast between upcycling clothing for fashion in the Congolese city of Kinshasa from that in the West. Montsho notes, 'what I found separates fashion in Kinshasa to fashion the West is the creativity that is born from lack. The excellence that one has to acquire in order to make do with what they have can be seen in the style and sense of godliness Kinshasa's fashion elite exude as they walk down the street. When your environment is hostile, Sapology insists that you take some fabric, look flash and continue to resist.'

Adrian Blount was cast as a Model and Voguer for the Kinshasa Fashion Show at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany.

Kinshasa Collection is produced by Pong Film GmbH and co-produced by Geothe- Institut Kinshasa. Funded by the Turn Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) as well as by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

LINKS

-> Newspaper Article - Tagesspiegel

-> Goethe Institute Event Page

-> Kinshasa Collection

-> Instagram

Kinshasa Collection

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July 28, 2017; Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

Yo! Sissy Festival

The Yo! Sissy Festival is an artist run festival and platform for international queer musicians to perform on a series of stages.

In their words:

'Yo! Sissy is Berlins premier international queer music festival that takes place each year at the end of July. Entering it's third year, each festival bridges local performers and established international talent and has already showcased artists and attracted audience members from over twenty different countries with a focus on promoting female and trans* identified artists.'

For this festival, featured musician Viva Ruiz, whose popstar aesthetic is the perfect medium to relay politically conscious musical content to the masses, asked me to choreograph a couple pieces for her set. Adrian Blount choreographed three, four minute pieces for Ruiz's show. The choreography incorporated Contemporary and Afro Cuban Dance forms which Blount learned while studying for her Bachelors in Theatre. Blount says, 'The experience was life changing and most of all learned that I am capable of choreographing for a concert setting! Isn't that something?'

Yo Sissy Festival

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June 30 - July 2, 2017, Berlin

Trivago Commercial Shoot

Trivago script writer Twaambo Kapilikisha invited Blount to take part in a test shoot project for the major international traveling company, Trivago. The project entailed three women coming together after a long while for reunion vacation in a fancy penthouse in the center of Berlin.

Blount says,

'I couldn't have been more grateful for the opportunity. Not only was I able to work with an amazing team of creatives such as Swedish stylist Elis, and London based Cinematographer Olan Collardy, but I also got the opportunity to individualize my character for the project down to the clothing I wore. This was such an important aspect since most stylists like to impose a preconceived vision for the booked artist and we sort of just become props. In this case I was involved in the costume building process which meant I was able to choose clothing that I would feel more confident and comfortable in.'

Trivago

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June 23, 2017; Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Portrait Noir W

Isaiah Lopaz, known for his photographic essay, 'Things You Can Tell By Looking At Him,' asked Blount to speak in Portrait W, one of his curated performances for his Citizen Noir series.

Portrait Noir is an 'anthology (that) archives the stories of Black people who identify as gay or queer, focusing on experiences, perspectives, and desires which are often absent from mainstream media.'

Portrait Noir Edition W is a conversation between four Black Queer Women presented in a mock talk show format. The discussion focused on relationships, navigating public spaces, Black sisterhood, and the effects of inherited trauma.

Portrait Noir W

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May 20-29, 2017; Medika in Zagreb, Croatia

FAKI (International Festival for Alternative Theatrical Expression)

Written by Adrian Blount:

Since I have been in Berlin, I have had the pleasure of meeting highly motivated people. One of which encouraged me to take part in creating a theatre collective with them which we named, 'Blackism.' The Blackism Collective was chosen to be apart of FAKI (International Festival for Alternative Theatrical Expression) , based in Zagreb, Croatia. FAKI is situated in a repurposed pharmaceutical building referred to as Medika.

'Back To' is the working title of the piece we devised, which orchestrates the imposition of whiteness onto black bodies and the ritualistic processes of exorcizing that force from the spirit in order to reclaim the autonomy and worthiness of blackness. Since my theatre partner and I are both black womxn*, we made a point to incorporate specific aspects of black femmehood (voguing, hip and pelvic movement, soulful vocal expression, 'patty-cake' hand games, etc) that has been scrutinized and/or appropriated by western media/society (whiteness) as tools for empowerment and self love.

Faki

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May 16, 2017

'When I Speak'

'When I Speak' was produced by Christine Seraphine, whom created a platform for black identified womxn to speak about whatever they chose to. Blount was cast along with four other women to perform original monologues. Her piece, Vomit, dealt with her struggle between her gender identity versus her received gender. The poem is written as if she were releasing all of the thoughts that she has had about gender and sexuality since birth, or even more accurately, since she has been cognizant of gender as a construct and not as a binary scientific truth.

Synopsis of the 'When I Speak' event written by Christine Seraphine:

'Over the decades female voices, particularly, black female voices, have been suppressed, oppressed, and silenced by racist and sexist structures. Enforced by daily micro-aggressions and misrepresentation (or lack thereof), black womxn's voices have been arrested and not given the space for unaltered expression.

This evening is about reclaiming space for black womxn's voices to present and express themselves honestly. Agency of one’s voice and space to tell one’s story can be the key to aiding the HEALING processes of trauma, self-reflection/acceptance and self development. With this open mic, we BREAK THE SILENCE to create an empowering and reflective space through which active and passive participants are empowered to speak and listen.'

When I Speak

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April 29, 2017

Faux Real

Faux Real is a bi monthly drag event that exclusively features womxn*, non- binary, and trans identified performers. What is so marvelous about Faux Real is that it gives marginalized artists an opportunity to create and showcase original pieces of performance art. Since mass share culture has allowed people to access quick and unbiased information regarding social and political injustice, the material Blount chose to explore was the sensationalization, romanticization and sensualization of mass social media sharing of trauma experienced by people of color.

The piece titled, 'I Can't Breathe,' exhibits a dancing hyper feminized figure dancing as a means to escape from the daily trauma of witnessing black and brown bodies being objectified through social media through emoji reacts. The hyper feminized figure is named Noirphiles, which means lover of Black (blackness) and she dances in front of a troubled version of herself who is attempting to wash away pain. However the pain is being witnessed by strangers through a live Facebook video stream. As Noirphiles takes the journey to emotionally cleanse- or stabilize herself- she is objectified for entertainment while Facebook react emojis obstruct her healing process.

'I Can't Breathe' plays on the entertainment value in witnessing live feelings of pain and suffering specific to black and brown people of color who have been desperately trying to reclaim our humanity since the first bouts of European Colonization.

Faux Real

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Faux Real

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April 2017

I am currently working on an America-produced television series that is being filmed in South Berlin. I was cast as a private school teacher for the series where I have the pleasure of working with innovative directors such as Alik Sakharov. The series will show in 2018.

Counterpart

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April 2017

Toyota Style Commercial

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November 2016

Mute

A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

Mute was the first project I worked on after I moved to Berlin. I play a dancer/entertainer in a futuristic night club.

Release: 2017

Mute

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The Conduits

In The Conduits, Rachel Watkins teams up with Morris Chen to find out what happened to her father when he disappeared. Standing in their way are Fafnir and her Cavaliers who still stop at nothing to put an end to Rachel and the other conduits.

Release: 2017

The Conduits

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“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

When our nation declared its independence from Britain, it continued to hold thousands of people in chains. This 4th of July the Robbins House and their partners at Minute Man National Historical Park will engage participants in an exploration of one of our nation’s most important founding documents, the Declaration of Independence. Whose independence did it declare? What does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean to be a patriot?

Showing: July 4th 2016, 11am

Where: The Robbins House in Concord, MA

“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

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The DoubleBack: Freedwomen’s Gaze

The DoubleBack is a performance site investigation centered around the lives of Phillis, Fanny and Rose Chace, three formerly enslaved women who are buried in St John's Cemetery. The performance is an inquiry into the personal and industrial labor of remembering, through transhistorical solidarity and ritual. Playing in the holes of the historical archive, this performance builds new memories and histories of Phillis, Fanny and Rose Chace.

Performance: May 14th 2016, 7:00pm

Where: The Cathedral of St. John cemetery behind the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island

The DoubleBack: Freedwomen’s Gaze

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A Christmas Carol

Book by Charles Dickens and directed by Curt Columbus

Showing: NOV. 7 - DEC. 31, 2015

Where: Trinity Theatre in Providence, R.I.

The Christmas Carol

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The Glory Man

by Dennis Hassell

Showing: JAN. 14 - JAN. 23, 2010

Where: Lamb's Players Theatre in San Diego, C.A.

The Glory Man

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