( ghost gestures ): Performance Writing
Author: Gabrielle Civil
Publisher: Gold Line Press (2021)
How can you return to where you've never been? ( ghost gestures ) conjures diaspora hauntings and traces black bodies across space and time. In Dakar and Banjul, Detroit and Montreal, Tlaxcala and Rìo Pièdras, Gabrielle Civil showcases black bodies dancing, hiding, and re-emerging. In performance writing, she invokes the doll, the queen, and the ghost to explore where black women have never and always been. She plays hide-and-seek with her own transforming body and tackles history, identity, art, and desire. "bring this here / bring this back / keep this here / bring us back / bring us here / bring us back to this." Incorporating chants, notations, images, and scores, ( ghost gestures ) will spirit you away.