Artwork by Alaina Comeaux
Vagabond Inventions is collaborating with Renee Benson to create a series of community rituals called "Gorgeous Offerings" this fall. Conceived and directed by Renee, the Offerings are a series of rites, healing workshops, meditative film projects, and an online platform for storytelling and healing resources. The first of the Offerings, planned for spring 2021, will be a short experimental film of a "Grief Walk," created collaboratively with filmmaker Jason Foster, costume designer Janese Brooks-Galathe, Renee Benson, and Vagabond Inventions' director Jennifer Sargent.
The Gorgeous Offerings project grew out of extensive research into the nature of grief that drove Vagabond Inventions' and Renee Benson's project, Requiem for a Stranger. The Offerings are a response to the tremendous losses of the Covid-19 pandemic and are focused specifically on the BIPOC experience and compounded grief within this community. Throughout 2021, these interrelated events, rites, and artworks will bring together a number of exciting community partners: the New Orleans African American Museum, Mindy Milan of the Center for Mind Body Medicine, Alaina Comeaux who created the Decolonized
Walks of Bulbancha, and an ensemble of other visionaries. This project is made possible by support from Alternate Roots. More information is at RequiemforaStranger.com.
Requiem for a Stranger
Vagabond Inventions' current collaboration with Singer/ Composer Renee Benson, called Requiem for a Stranger, was in residence at New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center in September, 2020. Requiem's work-in-progress performance on October 3rd was the CAC's first-ever LIVE YouTube broadcast. Watch the archival video HERE.
The development work on Requiem for a Stranger will continue into 2021 with a devising ensemble that includes Jeff Becker, Renee Benson, Grace Booth, Alaina Comeaux, Jalisa Roberts, and Jennifer Sargent.
If you would like to support the future of Requiem for a Stranger, we are soliciting donations through our fiscal sponsor, Mondo Bizarro Productions. Please visit the PayPal link HERE and earmark all contributions for REQUIEM. We thank you with our full hearts.