Ode to Black Wombman is a rites of passage – a performance that tells the story of how the fragments of a broken heart finds wholeness in healing. Each audience is taken through an experience of dance, text and song, creating transformation into the Lotus Woman.

Sanchel Brown and Nastassja Swift, two VCUarts alum, are on a journey to share this project with as many artists, participants and viewers as they can. Allowing for a seamless blend of movement, visual art, sound, blackness and womanhood.


Philadelphia, PA | June 2017 

Masked, Ode to Blackwombman | Performance includes Sanchel Brown, Dani Criss, Imani Shibazz and Brittany Johnson | Filmed by Torian Ugworji |2017


Richmond, VA | August 2017 

Masked, Ode to Black Wombman | Performance includes Sanchel Brown, Jasmine Shaw and Deedra Harris | Filmed by Torian Ugworji | 2017 


Ode is a continuing project that will travel through several cities, and continue to grow through each artist, dancer and viewer it touches. Follow the Ode to Black Wombman Blog for updates, process and creativity.