Permission. Nu World Art Ensemble has tackled the issue of sexual assault in a 45 minute production filled with honest stories about rape culture. The cast members use dance and music to tell the story of alcohol and drugs, misogyny, victim blaming, blurred lines, and myths about rape and sexual assault. Our piece also sheds light on the male survivors, and the survivors in the LGBTQ+ community, voices that are not always heard.
Nu World Art Ensemble would like our audience to remember that rape and sexual assault is about power and control. Survivors are never responsible for their assaults.
Our first performance was on April 18th at Light city Health Labs. We presented a five minute presentation of the larger performance. The Health Labs topic was health disparities in depressed communities and the untreated trauma of a sexual assault has lasting mental and physical health issues for survivors.
On April 19th we performed Permission at Morgan State University. We have performed there for several years but this performance was the most well attended and best received. After the performance several of the students wanted to know more about our company and work with us in the future.
TurnAround Inc. invited us to perform a short excerpt of Permission for the Take Back the Night Vigil and Rally on April 26th. We performed outside in Mt. Vernon Square and were honored to share the space with survivors that presented their stories.
We did not stop in April. Mama Rashida Forman-Bey, our founder and an Urban Arts major at Coppin University, directed our Permission show for her final project on May 15th and the directors of the program gave glowing reviews.
Nu World will continue our tour with upcoming dates in June so check our social media pages and website for time and venue.