ART is our WEAPON,
our MEDICINE, our VOICE, our VISION
"Creativity is the antidote for violence and destruction. Art is our most human expression, our voice to communicate our stories, to challenge injustice and the misrepresentations of mainstream media, to expose harsh realities and engender even more powerful hope, a force to bring diverse peoples together, a tool to rebuild our communities, and a weapon to win this struggle for universal liberation."
Alixa + Naima
WHO IS CLIMBING POETREE?
With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.
Alixa and Naima's acclaimed performance is composed dual-voice poems and multimedia theater that explores diverse themes, including: healing from state and personal violence, social / environmental / economic / racial / sexual justice, human rights, spirituality, and woman's empowerment. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Climbing PoeTree weaves together vital connections between shared struggles and common solutions in a critical moment in human history.
In the last 10 years, Alixa and Naima have been guest artists and workshop facilitators at hundreds of universities, conferences, correctional facilities, and high schools-- from Cornell University to Rikers Island prison. They have toured to more than 75 cities from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, S.A, NYC to Chiapas, MX, alongside visionary leaders and artists such as Cornel West, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Jean Grae, Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, Dolores Huerta, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez.
Alixa and Naima have traveled over 11,000 miles with an all-women crew in a recycled vegetable oil-powered bus, delivering their latest theater production and national organizing strategy, Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages In Water, to thousands of people, and featuring 150 community-based organizations.
They have currently translated this award-winning production into a multimedia curriculum that employs art and culture to help learners analyze systems of oppression and resistance, and uses a popular education model to build new leadership essential for fundamental social change. WWW.HURRICANESEASONTOUR.COM
Soul-stirring and heart-opening, the poetry and artistry Alixa and Naima deliver challenges its listeners to remember their humanity, dissolves apathy with hope, exposes injustice, and helps heal our inner trauma so that we may begin to cope with the issues facing our communities.
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