Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water

“A powerful two-woman show about an unnatural disaster and a great shift in universal consciousness”

Naima & Alixa of Climbing Poetree

Two brave, strong and beautiful sisters-in-struggle, lead us into the hell of global awareness, through the depths of despair, and into The Power of One. Weaving multi-media physical and poetic images of

Lead bullets
Lead paint
Police oppression
Learning from the Oak Tree
Corporate ownership of land and water
The memory of water molecules

Tonight at The National Black Theater of Harlem, the words and images became a deep pounding resonance in my heart, a howling in my lungs, and a salty water pouring out of my eyes.

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
But first it shall Make you miserable

How can we learn about, connect with and take into our consciousness the pain and suffering of the earth and her inhabitants?

Can we bear the agony of realizing these connections between global warming, poverty, racial oppression, corporate greed and the destruction of native peoples without being crushed?

How do we find, nurture and preserve our spirits as we struggle to learn and make a difference in this world?

HURRICANE SEASON is a powerful poetic answer to these questions. Members of packed house closing night audience at the National Black Theater in Harlem New York shouted out “TEACH!” with moans of grief and praise — and yes, these two powerful women did teach – Oh Yes!

“Art is our Weapon, Our Medicine, Our Voice, Our Vision”

“Art is our Weapon, Our Medicine, Our Voice, Our Vision”

Recorded interviews from Katrina survivors, shocking screen images, overwhelming statistics … all brought home, bite size, so we could understand the impact globally and in our own back yards. The beautiful bodies of these highly trained performers created an oversized “Cats Cradle” – a literal and poetic web to connect the conscious and subconscious — to help us reconnect with our humanity and inspire us to action.

Tonight’s closing performance imploded and exploded with the energy built by a National Tour and several weeks in Harlem – were Alixa and Naima created a sacred and safe space for us to learn, cry, scream, and howl in response to the horrors – and to acknowledge our newfound hope and channel our energies into positive action.

Alixa and Naima are Climbing PoeTree. They define this powerhouse duo as the expression of a growing movement for radical social change. They are poets, performers, print-makers, dancers, muralists, and designers. Alixa and Naima have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity.

In five self-organized independent tours, Climbing PoeTree has catalyzed over 500 crowds in more than 70 cities from Oakland to Atlanta, Johannesburg to Havana with artists such as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez. Alixa and Naima have led more than 100 arts-based political education, anti-racism, and entrepreneurial workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Rikers Island. And they have painted murals on walls from the Bronx to Santiago, Toronto to Jamaica. Through compelling artistry, these multitalented, tireless, and driven young women expose injustice, help us heal from violence, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.

I was drawn to Naima and Alixa instintively, as one is drawn to the warmth of the sun – and I offer them a reverent salutation. I suggest that you too FOLLOW THESE WOMEN!

Artist Soul Speaks
Aka Judith Z. Miller<


About artistsoulspeaks

Judith Z. Miller, aka "Zelda," lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe; she writes as a way of coping with its beauty, sensuality, frustrations and ecstasies. In NYC, she has read at events sponsored by organizations such as Nehirim, Zeek Magazine, Essentuality, and at venues such as Blue Stockings, The Jewish Community Center, Wow Café Theatre - and late at night to her girlfriends in bed. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Judith was trained as an actress in Washington DC, co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre, acted in numerous productions, created original performance material and was awarded an NEA Arts Management Fellowship in Theatre. Judith is a self-trained visual artist who is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition. She draws and creates primal sculpture and wearable art from trees, stones and found objects, which she fashions into ritual staffs, wearable amulets, and employs in healing rituals. She was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park Slope Paper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and featured on NY-1 Television. In 2008 her paper “Sometimes a Tree Isn’t Just a Tree,” was read at the First International LSP-and Translation Studies Oriented Textual Analysis conference at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco. Judith was the founder and director of ZAMO! representing a multi-cultural mix of world-class GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO ® award-winning performing artists for over 20 years. She taught self-promotion for performers, presented by organizations such as The Field, The Red Tent Women’s Project and the Brooklyn Arts Counsel. She was the Chief Rhythm officer of Microfundo, a crowdfunding platform supporting musicians worldwide. She was a 2011 British Airways Face-to-Face Opportunity contest winner traveling to Thailand where she met with indigenous woodcarvers and shaman. A healing ritual artist, she created Zelda's Body Breathing Healing System (TM), and offers private sessions and workshops. Judith (Zelda) resides in Port Henry New York.
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One Response to Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water

  1. maximumfiction says:

    Perhaps of interest: “New Orleans Lament,” a poem.

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