[U.S. PREMIERE] Ni’Ja Whitson | The NWA Project: Oba Qween Baba King Baba

Ni’Ja Whitson’s Oba Qween Baba King Baba engages spiritual multiplicity and the role of Queerness in the Divine. The work’s title is based on the Yorùbá word “Oba,” which is a genderless term that has come to be known as “a king.” Through movement, poetry, jazz, textile and video art, Whitson uncovers architectures of the body, space, and sexuality to interrogate power and ways masculinity influences the perceived histories of religion.

 

Oba Qween Baba King Baba is co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center. Oba Qween Baba King Baba was initiated during Danspace Project’s  Platform 2018 curated by Reggie Wilson. Oba Qween Baba King Baba is made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative, with support from the Mellon Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.  Ni’Ja Whitson’s Oba Qween Baba King Baba was made possible with a generous grant from the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Image: Ian Douglas