An interdisciplinary theater performance in response to our politically charged times against the backdrop of sisterhood, resistance and community. #TESTIFY seamlessly blends elements of storytelling, movement, music, puppetry and video.
Created by Sha Cage in collaboration with Jayanthi Kyle, Johanna Easley, Felicia Perry, Bill Cottman, and E.G. Bailey
A participatory workshop and community healing event that explores flowing through zones of meditation, movement, and art. Together, we break through zones of restriction, trauma, and isolation to access emotional liberation.
Marcus Young, Ananya Chatterjea, and Dr. Joi Lewis invite audiences to experience various forms of self-care in a playful, mindful, and celebratory environment.
Sha Cage is a performer, writer and creator of new work. Her performance and work has taken her across the U.S, to South Africa, England, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Mali, and Canada. She is a co-founder of Mama Mosaic Theater (for Women), a recipient of a Regional Emmy, an Ivey Award, a McKnight Fellowship, and a distinguished Fox/TCG Fellowship. She has been named one of the leading artists of her generation by Insight, a Changemaker by Women’s Press, and best solo performer by City Pages for her role as the pilot in Frank Theater’s Grounded (2015 Ivey). Star Tribune called her a 2014 Mover and Maker and Mpls St. Paul magazine named her and artistic partner E.G. Bailey 2015 Power Couple of the Year. Her solo show titled U/G/L/Y was presented by the Guthrie in September and tours in the U.S. and UK through 2016. Shá is an advocate for sex trafficking victims and the proud mother of two. Noted theater roles include: Prince Hal in Ten Thousand Thing’s Henry IV, Mamie in Penumbra’s Ballad of Emmett Till, Francine/Lena in the Guthrie’s Clybourne Park, Lizzy in Park Square’s Mary T & Lizzy K, Agnes in Mixed Blood’s Agnes Under the Big Top and Josephine in Ruined, Venus in Frank Theater’s Venus and Hester in F^cking A. She most recently played the Liar in Park Square’s Liar in September/October and the King of France in the Guthrie’s King Lear.
Marcus Young 楊墨 is a behavioral and social practice artist making work for the stage, museums, and the public realm. He seeks new tones of belonging and liberation through design of behavioral and social forms, through shifts in systems and in awareness that turn things into art. Since 2008, he has been creating Don’t You Feel It Too?—a participatory radical street dance practice for social healing and inner-life liberation. From 2006 to 2015, he served as City Artist in St. Paul, MN, where he helped redefine the role of the artist in government and created art within city systems. Museum work includes With Nothing to Give, I Give Myself—living 10 days around-the-clock at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to foster the revelation that people are the great overlooked works of art. He is ongoing Collaborating Director with Ananya Dance Theater, and a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations. https://www.DYFIT.org/