When The Chant Comes: A Performance on Poetics at the Margins with Kay Ulanday Barrett

Wednesday, September 26, 4:15 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

United States
Kay Ulanday

This performance harnesses political poetic storytelling with elements of spoken word and theatre. Informed by hip-hop and the jazz aesthetic, Kay intimately strips down pretense, and engages love and an examination of the world. As a cultural worker, Kay aims to question notions of desirability, single-issue identity, ableism, and what exactly is mainstream normal. Themes explored during this performance keynote include intersecting identities in struggle with racism, misogyny, cissexism, migration, death/loss, queer love, migration, and disability. Paying homage to audre lorde: “I do not believe in single-issue politics, because we do not live single-issue lives,” avenues of critical intersections as brown, poor, trans, im/migrant, disabled, and “other” are explored. How do competition and respectability politics impose oppression in our actions, our lives? How do we embrace a politic that doesn’t isolate or accommodate, but engages everyday movements to show up for those who are affected & not talked about? How This keynote will relay tangible perspectives on ableism as it relates to other isms on a nationwide level from K’s perspectives in Disability Justice organizing to facilitations and campus performances offered to over 45+ campuses nationwide.