Promo Video by Magic Spoon Productions: i see you. you're seen. by Oktavea LaToi, Vortex Repertory, Austin
(Promo video by Magic Spoon Productions)
“Hey little black girl, feeling invisible and all so visceral. Staring up at the heavens, as vast as your potential. i see you. you’re seen.”
Told through the lens of a former little black girl, i see you. you’re seen. is a solo work composed of a collection of poetry and vignettes that investigates what it means to “see and be seen, to see and be forgotten” through the lens of healing, Blackness, and self-reflection, while also challenging others who “look the other way”. What does it mean to be hyper-visible AND also invisible?
"Don’t you see us?"
A fusion of art, poetry, music, and movement, this choreopoem explores the interlocking oppressions of Black women, while also illuminating love and relationships, family and ritual. Oktavea LaToi brings on the Revolution, inviting us to bask in beauty and acknowledge our own sacredness. There’s a galaxy inside of you, too. This memoir is in equal parts a love story, war cry, conjuring, and family photo album.
"Can you see us now?"
"How ‘bout now?"
This 2023 premiere is the culmination of several years of development. Created over the pandemic and workshopped in August 2021 through April 2022 at The VORTEX Oktavea LaToi and Simone Raquel Alexander shaped the bones of the show and explored design elements.
I See You. You're Seen.
by Oktavea LaToi
Vortex Repertory Theatre
February 25 - March 05, 2023
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722
February 25-March 11, 2023
Thursdays-Saturdays 8 pm Sunday at 6 pm
Live-Streamed Thursday, March 2, 2023
ASL-Interpreted Saturday, March 4, 2023
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 8pm “Industry Night”
The Eloise Brooks Cullum Stage @The VORTEX
2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722
COVID Safety Protocols: Masks recommended inside the theatre.
Free Parking. Bus Route.
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX opens nightly with a full bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and snacks. Patrizi’s @ The VORTEX opens nightly with delicious homemade Italian food.
Tickets: www.vortexrep.org or 512-478-5282
www.vortexrep.org or 512-478-5282
Advance Reservations Recommended.
Blue Star Theatre: Discounts for Military, Veterans, and their families.
2-for-1 admission with donation of 2 cans for SAFE Austin (Wed. Thurs. Sun.)
Radical Rush Free Tickets: Limited free tickets for each performance in the spirit of sustainability, accessibility, and the gift economy. Radical Rush tickets released one hour before the show--in-person only.