The Haus of Glitter Dance Company + Performance Lab is living in + healing with + reimagining the former Esek Hopkins Homestead (built in 1756) + Park. We are transforming the space to create work that investigates lineage; and restores the energetic center of its layered history towards Queer/Feminist BIPoC Wisdom, Healing, & Liberation. Everything we create here is a protest-demonstration against the system that tells us that Esek Hopkins’ home, a symbol of his legacy of white supremacy, is worth preserving.
This residency is possible thanks to a 2-year PARKIST Artist Residency with The City of Providence Department of Art + Culture + Tourism & Parks Department.
THE HISTORIC HAUS OF GLITTER PERFORMANCE LAB (2019)
THE ESEK HOPKINS HOMESTEAD (1756)
NARRAGANSETT + WAMPANOAG (Forever)
- Anthony "AM." Andrade, Director of Digital Media + Record Label + Liberation Garden
- Assitan "Sita" Coulibaly, Director of International Legacy Arts + Education
- Matt Garza, Creative Director + Community Partnerships
- Steven Choummalaithong, Director of Practice + Intergalactic Adventure
- Trent "TrashGoaT" Lee, Director of Facilities + Community Safety
- Oliver "Sydesho" Arias, Director of Archives
(below) this depiction of colonization, attached to a granite boulder in front of the homestead, shows two indigenous figures presumably standing on the coast of present day RI. Seemingly approaching the coast, are some colonists - one appears to be reaching out their hand while the indigenous figure holds their palm face out.
OUR HISTORICAL INTERVENTION
When we say “historic restoration”, whose restoration are we referring to? This research-to-performance project is part of a two-year “PARKIST” Artist Residency with the Providence Parks Department & The Department of Arts + Culture + Tourism at the Historic Esek Hopkins Homestead (built in 1754) and Park. In solidarity and collaboration with our community, we are creating work investigates lineage; and to heal and shift the energetic center of this space and land’s layered history toward Queer Feminist PoC Wisdom, Healing, & Collective Liberation.
For at least the next two years, our Queer BIPOC family is living and working in the former home of ESEK HOPKINS, widely known as the first commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. ESEK HOPKINS (1718-1802) tortured British prisoners of war during the American Revolution. He acted selfishly, consistently disobeying George Washington’s orders, in order to profit off the transatlantic slave trade route. He’s the reason we have a Whistleblowing Policy in the U.S. After the Revolution, Rhode Island merchants controlled 60-90 percent of the trading of African humans in AMERICA. Esek was hired to command the slave ship “Sally” to purchase kidnapped humans from the coast of Africa and bring them to America, land of the free, to be sold into slavery.
Why is there a middle school named after him full of brilliant Black & Brown children? Why is his house, a symbol of white supremacy, worth preserving as its been, when it could be returned into a space that feels free for all humans? What does it mean for our Queer PoC Glitter Dance Family to be living, creating, liberating, fighting, feeling, & healing here? What does it mean for our community to grow here?
Community Partners: Seydou Coulibaly & Michelle Bach-Coulibaly - Yeredon Center for the Malian Arts + The Clam Jam Brass Band + Joann Ayuso - MEO: Movement Education Outdoors + Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading + TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts + TAPA Dance Company + AS220 + AS220 Youth + blackearth lab, PRONK: Providence Honk Fest + Pushed Learning & Media + the Partnership for Providence Parks + The Providence Dept of Arts Culture Tourism + Providence Parks Dept. + Providence Community Library + Rhode Island Training School + PASA: Providence After School Alliance + RISCA: RI State Council for the Arts + New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Dr. Dannie Ritchie, MD, MPH - Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Rhode Island State Conservation Committee, Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, and RIEEA: Rhode Island Environmental Education Association,