Studio Visit with Ravyn Wngz
Tuesday, August 3, 2021, Studio Visit with Ravyn Wngz
via @aceartinc on Instagram and Facebook, as well as digitialantimatterantimanifesto.ca
Ravyn welcomes us into their studio to talk about the origins of their burlesque persona Black Widow, being inspired by music, and using song and dance to heal old wounds. Ravyn ends the visit with a raw rendition of Tom Odell’s “Heal”. Ravyn’s video will be posted on aceartinc.’s social media as well as the Digital Anti-Matter Anti-Manifesto website.
Ravyn Wngz “The Black Widow of Burlesque ” is a Tanzanian, Bermudian, Mohawk, 2Spirit, empowerment movement storyteller of Trans experience. An abolitionist, and Black Renaissance Artivist. Her work is rooted in Black liberation and Indigenous Resurgence. She has a vision to create work/art/conversations that open minds, expand truths and deepen intellectual commitments into lived practices. Her commitment is to elevate our collective global humanity. Ravyn is a co-founder of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. A Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, A steering committee member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, and Co-Curator of The Wildseed Black Arts Fellowhip. She is a graduate of the School Of Toronto Dance Theatre, Has trained with American Ballet Theatre, United Dance Productions(BDA), UARTS Philadelphia, and Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School. She has performed and collaborated with Keith Hennesy(Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient) InDance, Xing Dance Theatre, Earth In Motion, Ballet Creole, Ontario Ballet Theatre, Brandy Leary, Ame Henderson, Jefferson Pinder(Chicago), Victoria Mata and d’bi. young anitafrica (Watah Theatre) recently the Luminato Festival Black Residency. She is a Canadian best selling Author, Directed “Letters To the Universe ” created by Shaunga Tagore, and “Daughters Of Lilith ” created by Dainty Smith. She recently premiered as lead Actor, in Obsidian Theatre and CBC Gem’s 21 Black futures.
Ravyn’s studio visit will be followed by a visit with Evan Ducharme on Monday, August 9.
This event is happening as part of the programming intervention, Digital Anti-Matter Anti-Manifesto, curated by gijiit.
gijiit is a curatorial collective consisting of members Jas M. Morgan and Adrienne Huard, based in Tkaronto and Miiskwaagamiwiziibiing. The collective concentrates on community-engaged Indigenous art dealing with themes of gender, sex, and sexuality.
Photo Credit: Jackie Brown Photography