My Black Body
My Black Body is an interdisciplinary performance that will use song, spoken word, text, digital design, movement,
and photography to amplify the narrative of what it means to walk through life in a body that is black.
How does it feel to inhabit a body that is revered, detested, over-sexualized, ridiculed, fetishized, profaned, killed?
Black art song and negro spirituals will provide the foundation to create this performance of
celebration & reclamation of blackness that is part concert, part spoken word, and wholly theatrical.
KUNYA ROWLEY is a native of Miami, FL, Kunya is an alum of New World School of the Arts College’s opera program, but often traverses the worlds of various genres. His artistic credits include performances with Magic City Opera, Slow Burn Theatre, Opera Naples, Florida Grand Opera, Orchestra Miami, Nu Deco Ensemble, Hugh Jackman in concert, Illuminarts, Klezmer Orchestra, M Ensemble. Additionally, he serves as a national reviewer for the National YoungArts Foundation’s voice category and is a creator & board member with Mangrove Creative Collective.
When he is not performing, Kunya is the artistic director of Hued Songs. Founded with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2017 Knight Arts Challenge, Hued Songs is a performance series that explores and celebrates black history through the lens of black music and artists. Since their inception, Hued Songs has created and produced interdisciplinary performances throughout all of South Florida in venues that include the Norton Museum of Art, Little Haiti Cultural Center, ArtServe, and the Overtown Performing Arts Center. Through his work, Kunya seeks to amplify black narratives through music and to be a conduit for accessible arts across a multi-cultural platform.