“In the Valley of Coming Forth” is a, immersive Afrofuturist funk ritual play by Dr. Herukhuti whose World Premiere invites the audience to come in cosplay, dance to an afrobeats DJ at the after party, and come back the next day for an artist talkback and another DJ set; at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. World Premiere and After Party with DJ Sabine Blaizin, Friday, November 24, 2023 from 7-11:30pm. Artist Talkback and DJ Brandon D’Lux, Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 1-4pm. Day 1 $25. Day 2 $15. Both Days $25. cccadi.org 🇺🇸 🇭🇹
The performance is co-produced with the CCCADI, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute who incubated the show through its Digital Evolution Artist Retention (DEAR) program in 2021.
“In the Valley of Coming Forth”
“In the Valley of Coming Forth” is an Afrofuturist play by Dr. Herukhuti. It’s set in 2169 after the global apocalypse caused by white supremacist, capitalist imperialism that has been destroying our world since the Colonial Era. It’s about a Black woman’s struggle to rescue her kidnapped non-binary child and bring down the system that tore them apart.
That sounds pretty far out, but if you live as a person of color in the United States, you understand exactly what this is about.
Dr. Herukhuti is the author of various published works including the poetry collection, Race. Resistance. Love., co-editor of the Lambda Literary Award nonfiction finalist and Bisexual Book Awards nonfiction and anthology winner, Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Dr. Herukhuti is executive producing and co-directing a forthcoming documentary film about Black bisexual+ men.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams, PhD is a cultural worker committed to making revolution irresistible through theatre/performance art, filmmaking, poetics, and cultural criticism. She is a core faculty member at Goddard College, adjunct associate professor of applied theatre research at City University of New York School of Professional Studies, and visiting adjunct professor in the department of fine arts at Pratt Institute.
Weeksville, Brooklyn is the site of the largest Free-Black community before the Civil War. That’s important because colonial thinkers keep attaching us to their Atlantic Trade mess, but the first Africans in the Americas were free people, we fought the colonizers endlessly, and many of us freed ourselves.