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   Date: 10/7/09 Bookmark and Share

Body Politics Takes on Issues Faced by Women of Color

Body Politics, an award-winning theater production by and about women of color, will be presented at Smith on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Sage Hall. The performance is one of four to take place at Five College campuses this month.

Early each fall, the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, solicits applications from women of color throughout the Five College community to participate in Body Politics, a two-semester course that involves sharing personal stories through creative writing, movement and dance, culminating with a stage performance.

The results are intense, moving presentations by the participants exploring issues that range from hair texture, skin color and self-esteem to sexuality, cultural identity and violence. For the participants, Body Politics is far more than a stage performance. Its amazing the positive transformation we see happening with these women, says Hind Mari, director of WOCLN.

After six years of increasingly successful performances on the UMass campus, Body Politics will now be performed on each of the college campuses. Each event is free and open to the public.

Body Politics, which was performed at Hampshire College on October 1, will be staged at Amherst College on October 15, and at Mount Holyoke College October 22

Body Politics is presented in collaboration with the Five College Eating Disorder Committee with support from Five Colleges, Inc.

For more information, contact Hind Mari, 413-545 1671.

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