The HEN Foundation festival “When the HEN Crows: Music, Poetry and Puppetry as Movements for Justice” is based on the saying by Confucius “When the hen crows, the state will fall”. Performance artist-activists Jolie Rickman (singer/songwriter), Colleen Kattau (singer) Lenelle N. Moïse (performance poet, playwright, actor, choreographer and activist) and Bernice Silver (puppeteer) will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Albright Auditorium. HEN artist-activists will perform works directed at economic justice and peace-with-justice.
A roundtable discussion will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Fisher Center (Demarest 212), followed by a workshop for students and faculty, “Calling All Artists;” one begins at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. in the Fisher Center. The morning workshop “Calling All Artists!” is with Jolie Rickman, Colleen Kattau, Lenelle N. Moise and Bernice Silver of the HEN foundation for artists to explore how to use artist-activism for peace and human dignity. The afternoon workshop is for students interested in finding ways to pursue a career in the arts, in activism, in some self-defined endeavor, or starting a nonprofit, etc.
Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the HEN Foundation, Jolie Rickman along with singer-songwriter Colleen Kattau, performance poet and playwright Lenelle N. Moïse, and puppeteer Bernice Silver are part of a “consciously diverse team of artists whose activism inspires movements against oppression and for peace-with-justice.” Critically acclaimed musician, widely recognized activist, and music coordinator for “Democracy Now,” Rickman has recorded albums “Suffer to be Beautiful” and “Sublime Detonation”. She also appears with singer/songwriter of New Song and Nueva canción and labor activist Colleen Kattau on “Sing it Down: Songs to Close the School of the Americas”. Moïse is an out, Haitian-American “rallying, manifesto-spinning” activist, and winner of the 2002 New World Theatre Poetry Slam. Her published works include “Writing the Wrong: Making Schools Better for Girls” in In Our Own Words: Students’ Perspectives on School, and co-screenwriter of the upcoming “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” a film investigating the U.S. media’s influence on Third World teenagers. Recently heralded the “queen of puppetry” by the University of Washington for her lifelong work as a socially conscious puppeteer, Silver is also featured in the Puppeteers of America video “The Queen of Potpourri”. Silver writes her own puppet scenarios, performs at theaters across NYC, including, most recently, HERE, the upscale queer theater space in Manhattan.
For more information about the HEN Foundation, visit their Web site.
Fisher Center library reserve list
Available compact discs:
Jolie Rickman, “Suffer To Be Beautiful”; “Sublime Detonation”
With Colleen Kattau, “Sing it Down: Songs to Close the School of the Americas”
Colleen Kattau, “Voices in the Wilderness”; “Wide Land”
Available readings: Moïse, Lenelle N. “Writing the Wrong: Making Schools Better for Girls” from In Our Own Words: Students’ Perspectives on School