Review: The Neo-Political Cowgirls Rustle Up a Medley of Female-Identifying Talent for Their Annual Gala
Andromeda's Sisters: An Arts & Advocacy Forum
Written, choreographed, and directed by various artists
Presented by The Neo-Political Cowgirls via Musae and Zoom
August 14, 2020
The virtual waiting room for the event featured music by Long Island artist Nancy Atlas, after which Mueth introduced the evening's program, speaking to the way that the pandemic has relocated theatrical expression into a space that is not quite theater and not quite film, and of the challenges posed in putting the gala together by problems with technology, tropical storms, and at-home filming. Mueth dedicated the night to the women of Poland, whose government plans to withdraw from an international treaty intended to prevent violence against women, as well as to women of color, Indigenous women, and victims of and those threatened by global femicide. Transitioning into the night's performances, a short video summarized NPC's mission and 13-year history, including dance, poetry, and site-specific, devised theater productions, and its multiple arts education outreach programs.
|Sila!, an excerpt from Vanessa Walters's Ripening. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
|Ellen Dolan in MAD. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
|Laura Gomez in A Brown Girls' Guide to Self Pleasure|
|Doll Dance, an excerpt from Vanessa Walters's Ripening. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
|Nehassaiu DeGannes in 1000 Miles. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
|Blythe Danner in Goody Garlick. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
For the first part of Andromeda's Sisters, The Neo-Political Cowgirls assembled an impressive testament to the rich diversity of female-identifying artistic voices and a trenchant reminder of the ongoing need to cultivate and champion those voices. The second part will take place, again virtually, on September 3rd and will focus on the advocacy portion of arts and advocacy. Participants will include journalist Dahlia Lithwick; Amy Spitalnick of Integrity First for America; litigator Roberta Kaplan; and Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the NPC website. And, as always, remember, women's rights are human rights.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards