Body Ecology is a performance ensemble that honors the creative, spiritual, scholarly and radical lived experiences of women of the African diaspora. Conceived after BDAC's creativity and transformation residency at Medgar Evers College, Body Ecology conceptualizes performance and learning experiences with communities to build a praxis of collective wellness and liberation.
2012 brought expanded programs and community outreach for the ensemble. Body Ecology performed at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Berkeley California, Alternate Roots' Annual Meeting in Arden, NC, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference at Hampshire College and many community events in the NYC area.
We are currently accepting opportunities for community engagement workshops and performances that are in alignment with our RingShout for Reproductive Justice Campaign. Click the link above to send inquiries to Ebony Golden, Body Ecology's artistic director.
Sydette Harry is a writer, singer, blogger, problem, NYC-born by way of the Guyana. Writing as Blackamazon she has started boycotts, wished some @$) would but she is most proud of making her fellow beautiful beautiful girls of every color feel not alone and thankful they have done the same for her by SPEAKing! She continues to blog at Having Read The Fine Print (guyaneseterror.blogspot.com/) theorize heavily, write the first play of Salt&Rice Productions, get a PHD as soon she gets a topic, and try to fall in love a little bit more every day.
Taja Lindley is a young queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother and the eldest of three sisters. She is acutely aware of the challenges facing women today and is excited about transcending these challenges with art, critical thinking, healing and entrepreneurship. As a self-taught mixed-media artist, performer, full-spectrum doula and activist, Taja is inspiring and aspiring wellness, creativity and reproductive justice. She founded Colored Girls Hustle (www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com) which uses art, writing and activism to honor the creations, adorn the bodies and affirm the strengths of women and girls of color.
Audrey Hailes is a native of Washington DC and a graduate of NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing. She is a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and theatre-maker.She is more glad than anyhting to finally be apart of a performance group as deep and necessary as Body Ecology and thanks her friends and family for keeping her on a path of love and righteousness.
Assistant Artistic Director-Consistently redefining what it means to be a Jersey Girl, director, educator, performer and writer Kelly Thomas was born and raised in the Garden State. A New York City resident for the past 5 years, Kelly has studied directing and acting at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently completing her Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre at NYUs Steinhardt School with a minor in Africana Studies. As a citizen*artist and student of the global classroom, Kellys studies in theatre for liberation, the Black Atlantic, education policy, feminist theory, holistic health and hip-hop have taken her around the US and across the continents to the most nontraditional of settings.
Jessica Valoris is a born doodler, poet, and self-experimenting visual and performing artist. Armed with a passion for words, music, and movement, Jessica embraces art as a way to explore our ancestral, cultural, and personal stories. A proud Black woman of Jewish heritage, Jessica is a community activist and educator, who co-founded Roots Rising and Chainless Voices, two organizations that combine youth and community empowerment with performing arts and entrepreneurship. She continues to collaborate with various individuals and organizations to build with others around creative, empowering and healing endeavors. www.wix.com/javiseed/zebrawings.
Ebony Noelle Golden serves as Body Ecology's artistic director.