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Brava! for Women in the Arts (Brava!) is collaborating with artist-in-residence Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe to develop Black to the Future: An Afro-Futuristic Crusade, the first original ensemble-created production by Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience (BACCE), whose founder and artistic director is Cooper-Anifowoshe.

Black to the Future was conceived from a series of conversations over the past three years in which BACCE company members examined questions of Blackness and the future, ever expanding views of the African American identity, and their notions of and desires for peace and freedom.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe is an accomplished theater director with a local and national reputation. In addition to developing acclaimed Bay Area premieres of new works by A. Zell Williams, Robert O’Hara, Andrew Saito, and others, in 2017, she and BACCE launched the monthly Black Art Salon Series, So Soul San Francisco, in Brava!’s cabaret space to commemorate and celebrate San Francisco’s Black arts scene.

Brava! is a professional arts organization that for the last 35 years has been dedicated to cultivating the artistic expression of women; Black, indigenous, and other people of color; members of the LGBTQIA+ community; youth; and other underrepresented voices.

Pictured: “An American Ma(u)l,” Georgina Juliet Delware, “Between Your Legs,” photo by Gareth Gooch.