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Okwui Okpokwasili

Poor People’s TV Room, Walker Commission

Part of Out There 2017

“Okpokwasili is quite simply a virtuoso, an exquisite singer, speaker, writer, mover, a siren who draws us to danger.” —Chicago Tribune

Known for her intensely powerful performances, Bessie Award–winning Okwui Okpokwasili (featured in Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room) considers the collective amnesia around the Nigerian women’s resistance movements of the past century. With collaborator Peter Born, she mixes ritualistic and hallucinogenic movement, song, video, and text, creating a dystopian narrative in which characters slip through the fissures of time to wander in a bush of ghosts.

Get More Out There

Don’t miss your chance to talk with the artists and each other. The lounge in the Cityview Room is open one hour before and after all shows.

  • Thursday
    Meet the artists at a postshow reception in the lounge.

  • Friday
    Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.

  • Saturday
    Join the artists for Saturday morning Inside Out There Workshop. Advance reservations recommended.

In the evening, join a postshow SpeakEasy conversation, led by local artists and tour guides.

Save with an Out There Series Package

Ticket package includes all four Out There shows: $79.50 ($74.20 Walker members). Purchase a series package online, visit the Walker box office, or call 612.375.7600.


Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.