Definitive Figures Festival
Definitive Figures is a festival of performance and community events created to amplify and explore the femme body in space. It was originally conceived by dance artist Donna Costello and Vagabond Inventions' director Jennifer Sargent. Definitive Figures aims to elevate and explore feminist ideas while negotiating our plural identities of race, class, and sex in a patriarchal society.
Variation 1 took place in New Orleans from February 28 to March 4, 2018. Over five days, the festival featured four core female-identifying artists presenting body-based performance work and also featured a host of other events and shows from stand-up comedy to a late-night dance party, each showcasing the diversity of femme experience through a variety of media.
The inaugural festival took place at:
Catapult, Music Box Village, and the Allways Lounge and Cabaret.
by choreographer Jarrell Hamilton
HOW TO MAKE A KITCHEN MORE DIFFICULT
by choreographer Maritza Mercado-Narcisse
JITTERBUG AND THE AFTERMATH
by dance artist Donna Costello
and physical theater artist Jennifer Sargent
by The Screaming Traps (Shannon Stewart
in collaboration with Ellery Burton)
SHORT-FORM, MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE
by Lisa Shattuck & Jeff Becker
BLACK GIRL GIGGLES
Hosted by Shep Kelly and featuring Brionne Bagneris, Tekesha Fairley, Briana Augustus, Camille Roane, De De Theriot with headliner Comedienne Janell Banks
DRINKING FROM THE DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL
by Madison Krekel
by Aurora Nealand
SPIRIT & SPARROW
by Spirit McIntyre, kei slaughter