LEGACY OF VOICE is a multi-disciplinary theatre production that weaves together Oral History and Spokenword into a poetic narrative accompanied by music/dance and visual backdrops comprised of moving and still images. As part of the Rajkumari Cultural Center’s intergenerational arts initiative, the development and production of Legacy of Voice will foster dialogue between Elders and Next Generation members of the Indo-Caribbean community living in NYC.
Legacy of Voice will further capture the distinct realities of two generations of women (65 plus & 25 or younger) to foster greater understanding and connection. Through Oral History and Spokenword that honors a rich tradition of storytelling the play demonstrates how a people, whose ancestral bonds have been ruptured through indentureship/migration, undergo processes of reclamation of identity/culture to develop self-awareness and become empowered.
The materials used in Act I derive primarily from Oral History, based on interviews conducted with elder Indo-Caribbean women living in Guyana, Trinidad and NYC. The second act explores the intricacies of a young Indo-Caribbean woman reclaiming her identity and voice through lyrical expression. Act II is comprised of original poetry. The performance forms a composite story of an Indo-Guyanese woman, buttressed with many layers of insight and experience. Legacy of Voice explores issues ranging from migration, cultural loss/retention, resistance, social mobility and identity.
The EYE TO EYE PROJECT was developed to promote inter-cultural understanding and racial tolerance among the youth of Guyana. By guiding young people through reflection, critical thinking and visioning, the mission of Eye to Eye is to impact long-term change within the country on political, social and economic levels. Young are encouraged to recognize their similarities and celebrate their distinct cultural heritages.