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SEVEN
A Performance Film by Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva

Sinning never looked this good. Following it's buzzworthy premiere at Kindling Arts Festival 2021, SEVEN is back for a special one-night only screening this February. The wholly original performance film project from acclaimed actress and interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva (The Darkness and Other Black Things) explores the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues in a whole new light. Directly confronting the intersection of Blackness and Fatness, Jennifer tackles these often marginalized topics through her personal experiences and opens conversations on mental health, sexual health, and spirituality that uniquely relate to Black women. The film project is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Valerie Whitcomb (The Blueberry Farmer) and features additional choreography by Marcus Hayes (Austin Peay’s Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Letters / Professor of Dance & African-American Studies).

Upcoming Screening: 

Friday, February 25th at 8PM

Z. Alexander Looby Theater (2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd)

Tickets: $10

Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event required for all attendees. Masks required by all attendees regardless of vaccination status when not actively eating drinking. 

SEVEN is developed in partnership with abrasiveMedia, Women of Color Collaborative, and Fashion Is for Every Body.

Public Panel + Film Sneak Peek: Premiered Thursday, June 10th

In this video, hear Jennifer in conversation with mental health professionals around the themes of this new work, get an exclusive sneak peek at some of the work-in-progress, and hear from the creative team about their process developing this meaningful performance film.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

JENNIFER WHITCOMB-OLIVA (Creator, Writer, Performer)

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva is an award-winning multidisciplinary performance artist with over a decade of experience in Nashville’s artistic community. Among her many stage credits, she was recently seen in: Steel Magnolias and Cinderella at Studio Tenn; Shakespeare in Love at Nashville Rep; One Vote Won and The Cradle Will Rock at Nashville Opera; Haunted with Actors Bridge Ensemble; and The Toxic Avenger with Street Theatre Company. In addition to her prolific stage career, Jennifer has a diverse background in choreography and poetry that has informed her original works, including The Darkness and Other Black Things, a devised solo performance that combined poetry, sound design, and movement, which she premiered in 2019 at Kindling Arts Festival. In this new multimedia work, SEVEN, Jennifer mixes her original writings and movement to create a cinematic work that confronts fatphobia and celebrates Black identity. 

This project is made possible, in part, by funding from: 

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