Remembering Her Homecoming is a collaborative project that analyzes the history of the black female body in Richmond, and navigates the stories and identities of the women before us, the stories of the present, and how they affect our tomorrows. Through a communal workshop and collaborative public performance, Nastassja engaged black female residents of varying ages, within Richmond communities, in a project infused with dance, sound and visual narrative that took place in Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward. Eight women and girls, dressed in white garments, wore a large, needle felted white wool mask and traveled by foot from the Trail of Enslaved Africans, and ended on Leigh Street in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. 

The project has produced a mini documentary and short film. 

Remembering Her Homecoming. Short Film. Torian Ugworji. 8:05 minutes. 2018.

Remembering Her Homecoming: From the North Atlantic, to Leigh Street. Mini Documentary. Kyara Massenburg. 13:02 minutes. 2018

 

Collaborators

Kennijah Waller, Dance
Kyata Johnson, Dance
IdaLease Cummings, Dance
Christina Irby, Dance
Kristin Davis, Wardrobe
Rob Gibsun, Instrumentation
Free Egunfemi, Untold RVA Site
Barbara Jones, Voiceover

Torian Urgworji, Film
Kyara Massenburg, Film
Cameron Hopkins, Film
Marlon Turner, Photography
Sanchel Brown, Choreography
Alicia Phillips, Dance
Raven Wilkes, Dance
Jourdan James, Dance

Project supported by the CultureWorks Grant Program.