Performances – Live Streaming

October 24th at 7pm
October 25th at 3pm
October 26 at 8pm

Zoom Performance & Q&A talkback curated by Talia Paulette Oliveras and Shenny de Los Angeles



the ritual to beauty is a mixed media piece integrating the stylization of documentary and spoken word. Inspired by Shenny’s one woman show “What Happens to Brown Girls Who Never Learn How to Love Themselves Brown?”, this piece invites you to witness the meaning of beauty through three generations of Dominican women. The grandmother, the mother, and the daughter. In learning about the ritual to beauty that was passed down to each woman, there is a pain buried deep in the denial of their blackness. It is only through the secret voice in the water, that the daughter is able to release herself from a pain she’s been holding onto since she was born. By forgiving herself and the women before her, will she finally see just how beautiful she is when she’s free?

“This piece honors my mother and her mother. Two women, who hold their privacy so close to their skin, shared themselves in front of a camera for me. That is the gratitude I have in creating this piece. May I continue to share the legacy of Dominican women. With sacredness. We are a miracle to witness.” – Shenny