Walking Distance - Amara Tabor Smith

ODC Theater - San Francisco

November 2014

Ritual Wear - Honoring the Ancestor Spirits

This  white egungun design is influenced by the  traditional Egungun costumes worn in Yoruba masquerades. Better referred as 'ritual wear', it is created to support the honoring of our spiritual connection with ancestor reverence, or to the ancestors themselves as a collective force.  

 

Created as an underlayer as seen in the video, the halter dress in nude mesh is embellished with a handpainted root/branch structure. The nude mesh symbolizes the naked purity of our essence while the branch/root structure depicts the "Tree" as that of the giver of life, oxygen, shelter and sustenance. The red drape symbolizes the monthly shedding to eventually arrive at the feminine core of earthly connection.

Amara Tabor Smith
Amara Tabor Smith

Preparing for her ritual adorned in the white egungun costume.

Walking Distance Performers
Walking Distance Performers

Left to right: Nina Berg, Lisa Moresco, Colleen Irwin, Rebecca Steinberger, Maryanne Fleming, Katherine Kodama

Amara Tabor Smith
Amara Tabor Smith

Conjuring in the final scene of the Walking Distance ritual.

Walking Distance Performance
Walking Distance Performance

Scene at Melange Market - ODC Commons, San Francisco