About Us (The Saartjie Project)...
The Saartjie Project (TSP) is a theatre ensemble + creative tribe producing and developing theatre through collaborative processes. Operating from a women centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora, we explore race, gender and power through storytelling and performance. Our methodology is steeped in the belief that transformation and justice happens through community-based action, cultural and creative arts.
Gee…wow, that's great. But what does your name mean?
Saartjie Baartman (pronounced Sar-Key) was a 19th century South African woman paraded around Europe in a cage, deemed hypersexual, less than human and eventually dissected and placed in a museum in Paris under the name “Hottentot Venus.” Since 2008 we’ve worked to weave art into a tapestry that celebrates her humanity and ignites a call to action for the mindful exploration of body politics. Our first show was called "Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty." Yup.
About Our Production, "Four Women"...
"Four Women" is an original collaborative theatre project - inspired by Nina Simone’s poignant song - exploring (black) womanhood.
(Watch Nina Simone perform it here at the Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969.) We've been devising + collaborating + planning since May '10 (see the video) and now we are ready to show the world, but....
We need your help.
Where Your Money is Going...
Your donation is going to the stage... literally. All funds received through our Kickstarter campaign will go to production costs (theatre rental, equipment).
And to sweeten the deal you can even get a ticket to the production in Washington, DC on May 14th if we make our goal.
- (31 days)