One of Ghana’s most enterprising poets, Apiorkor, will be performing at the 2021 Sundance Festival slated for January 28 – February 3, 2021.
Apiorkor [Seyiram Ashong-Abbey] is a Ghanaian poet, media practitioner, an activist of Ga-Daŋme/Ewe ancestry, and author of The Matriarch’s Verse.
Apiorkor’s poetry concert remains Ghana’s largest independently organised poetry event.
She has appeared on TEDx platforms, in addition to #TEDWomen2020 (an annual TED conference organised by the TED headquarters in New York, USA) and at re:publica, Berlin.
She is an editorial advisor for The InfluencHER Project. Apiorkor is also a Production Executive at Accra-based Citi FM/Citi TV and hosts Diplomatic License on Citi TV.
Apiorkor does copywriting, voice-overs, teaching/mentoring, moderating, and what she describes as “wifing/mothering.”
Continuing their tradition of gathering and celebrating the womxn in their Festival community, this year’s Sundance Film Festival Speakeasy event will reclaim the idea of a coven as a source of magic, healing, and power.
In tandem with this, they have devised a virtual #SundanceSpeakeasy, dubbed Conjuring The Collective: Womxn At Sundance, featuring performances from an array of talented womxn from the Festival and beyond, honouring a multiplicity of perspectives through globally diverse myths and stories, dance, art, music, and culture.
Theatre directors nicHi douglas and Annie Tippe collaborate on creating unique ways to bring womxn together and creatively respond to an intentional prompt for 2021, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has direly affected womxn.
During the #SundanceSpeakeasy, Apiorkor will be performing a poem that she has penned specifically for this event and which is titled Bewitched Vaginas.
Apart from Apiorkor, there shall be other performances from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison (Ailey), actor Marlee Matlin and director Siân Heder (CODA), actor Rita Moreno (Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It), actor SOKO (Mayday, The Blazing World), and more.
The Sundance Film Festival (formerly Utah/US Film Festival, then US Film and Video Festival) is an annual film festival organised by the Sundance Institute.
It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States of America.