She Said/She Said: How to Catch a Flying Woman
This weekend, Actors Bridge presents a choreopoem — that is, a combination of poetry, dance and song — by Cynthia Harris called How to Catch a Flying Woman. The piece is about women who follow big ideas that go against the grain. These women take risks. They walk away from distractions. And sometimes, when soaring toward a big idea, they fall. Who will pick them up and carry them home?
Harris says she wanted to capture the way black women speak to each other and affirm one another’s humanity. The production will combine poetry, dance, movement and song in the style of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.
Harris, who stole the show in February’s production of The Vagina Monologues at City Winery, stars alongside OlaOmi Amoloku, Tasneem Grace Tewogbola, L. Opanike Shelton and Nailah Ajamu. This is the final show in Actors Bridge’s series She Said/She Said: A Summer of Women’s Stories.
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She is a self-described Writer/ Performance Artist/ Dancer/ Activist/ Health Educator/ and proud southerner. A natural sign watcher, very much in tune with her surroundings, Ms. Harris finds it almost impossible not to hear the stories hovering around people. Growing up in a multi-talented family, she always felt at peace pursuing her creative interests. However when it came time to choose a career, Cynthia chose to focus on her parallel interest in health and graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a BS in biology in 1999. Her subsequent work in the field of women’s reproductive health research fed her appreciation for the analytical and gave her the opportunity to study human behavior, leading her to not only be a vocal advocate for women’s health issues, but to create stories of empowerment.
Ms. Harris developed her weaving voices technique as she deepened her understanding of the intersection of performance art and public health. In 2017, Ms. Harris completed her Master of Public at Tennessee State University. In 2018, How to Catch a Flying Woman premiered and was commissioned in 2019 by Nashville Public Library. In 2022, The Calling is in the Body debuted with Actors Bridge Ensemble.
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