THEATER: Swimming Upstream

SWIMMING UPSTREAM from V-Day Until the Violence Stops on Vimeo.

In New York earlier this month, I had the opportunity to see Swimming Upstream, a vivid and moving play about women’s experiences post Katrina, written by sixteen New Orleans women. My experience at the theater that night was a powerful reminder of how the arts can touch us and bring experiences, ideas and emotions to life. Through the words and songs of the women of New Orleans I was able to begin to grasp the pain, frustration and sheer rage – and finally the optimism – of living through Katrina and the enormous impact on the women there, who truly knit the local community together.

Swimming Upstream was presented by V-Day, Ashé Cultural Arts Center and The Women Donors Network and directed by IMOW Global Council member Eve Ensler. The play is a testament to Eve’s passion for telling the story of Katrina through women’s eyes. The play not only provoked me to learn more about supporting women’s role in recovery post Katrina, but reminded me that unlocking an audience’s empathy and imagination is imperative in building not only awareness but whole social movements.

Learn more or buy tickets to Swimming Upstream [V-Day]