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As a closing event for MAM’s immersive installation From My Home to Yours, New Jersey-based performing artists Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock) and her daughter Henu Josephine Tarrant (Rappahannock/Ho-Chunk/Kuna) will use their intergenerational technique of storyweaving to create an original live performance within the gallery around four prompts:
home | homeland | sovereignty | generations
With five generations of family living in Brooklyn and New Jersey, they have trailblazed the development of urban Native theatre in New York City and beyond: Borst-Tarrant's mother Muriel Miguel created the renowned Spiderwoman Theater with her sisters, and Borst-Tarrant and Tarrant Richardson are co-founders of the performing arts initiative Safe Harbors NYC.
Weaving Indigenous storytelling methods, song, movement, and memory, their performance in From My Home to Yours will layer with the installation’s experimental soundtrack by composer Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) and visuals by filmmaker Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French). The four vignettes will evoke new meditations on belonging to neighborhoods, nations, and generations of Indigenous community in our region.
Performance begins at 1 p.m. and repeats with breaks.
This performance for From My Home to Yours at MAM (May 7, 2022–January 1, 2023) is curated by Betsy Theobald Richards (Cherokee Nation).
This event is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock) is an author, playwright, director, producer, cultural artist, educator, and human rights activist. She studied at HB STUDIOS in New York City and Spiderwoman Theater and is also a graduate of Long Island University. She works to deconstruct methods of the arts in Native communities in urban areas across the country, Canada, and in the New York City education system. Nominated for the Rockefeller grant in 2001, Borst-Tarrant won a Native Heart Award and was the only Native American Woman to be selected by the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Opera House for her one-woman show, More than Feathers and Beads. She served as the Special Assistant and Liaison to Tonya Gonnella Frichner, the North American Regional Representative to the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and served as Chairwoman for the Woman’s Caucus for North America from 2013 to May 2014. Borst-Tarrant directed Muriel Miguel, founder of Spiderwoman Theater, in Red Mother nationally and internationally, and was the Keynote Speaker for the Indigenous Women’s Symposium at Trent University. She was nominated for the 2020 100 Years | 100 Women initiative, is a consultant for La MaMa Experimental Theatre Indigenous Initiative, and recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Brown Arts Institute at Brown University. Named in American Theater Magazine as one of the most influential women in American Theater, Borst-Tarrant is the Artistic Director of Safe Harbors NYC.
Henu Josephine Tarrant (Rappahannock/Ho-Chunk/Kuna) is a lifetime Native NYC community member. She is a third-generation New Yorker and second-generation Jerseyite, which has had a huge impact on her very urban experience and perspective as a Native woman in the performing arts. She is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy’s prestigious Musical Theater Program. She has attended the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation and the LABrynth Theater Intensive Ensemble. Her most recent works include Misdemeanor Dreams (La MaMa E.T.C, NY), 100 Years 100 Women: Restart Stages (Lincoln Center, NY), Native Theatre: Where Are We Now? (Howlround.com), Red Moon Blues (New York Theater Workshop NXT Door, NY) DOGFIGHT (Second Stage Theater, NY), Ajijaak on Turtle Island (The New Victory Theater, NY), and Don't Feed the Indians–A Divine Comedy Pageant (La MaMa E.T.C, NY). She also was featured in the film You ‘n’ Yours: The Father File (HB Studios), was a featured vocalist on the soundtrack of Dawnland (Composed by Jennifer Kriesberg), and is a featured host of the podcast From Here With A View (We are The Seeds). She is currently focused on serving as the interim Managing Director of Safe Harbors NYC, continuing to workshop her one-person show Red Moon Blues, and finishing her first EP SERPENT in 2023.
Image: Courtesy of the artists
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