- Audre Lorde, Uses of The Erotic
* The next screening of the full video can be seen at Us: Volume I – May 24th, 2019, 10:30PM, 224 Manhattan Ave.
Co-directors Nessa Norich and Hannah Roodman have created a music video that takes a punch at the patriarchy from two angles: satirizing the disembodying force of patriarchal oppression and celebrating the intersectional allyship of divinely embodied femmes. Inspired by Audre Lorde's Uses of the Erotic, a speech given by the black feminist and visionary poet in 1978, this work explores Lorde’s discourse on the liberatory power of the erotic.
This resistance art/music video is set to an original track, produced by composer Zachary Seman, with lyrics adapted from two sacred texts (The Apochryphal & Psalm 126:5-6). The track incorporates sound bytes from Audre Lorde's speech and begins with Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimonial given at the Kavanaugh hearings (September 2018), reminding the viewer that “as women, we need all the strength we can get,” that liberation is intersectional and bound together, now more than ever.
Download the track and listen to audio interviews with our cast.
A WELL OF WILLS PRODUCTION
Directed by: Nessa Norich & Hannah Roodman
Produced by: Joanna Blieden, Nessa Norich, Hannah Roodman
Director of Photography: Souki Mehdoui
Production Design: Meirav Ong and Hannah Roodman
Editor: Jacki Huntington
The Ritual of the Judiths
Original music production: Zachary Seman
Vocals: Joanna Bleiden, Elana Brody, Nessa Norich
Featuring the voices of
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (Oct 2018)
Audre Lorde (1978)
Costume design - Laura Escalante
Headpiece design - Meirav Ong
Plate design - Hannah Roodman