No Promised Land

Sat Nov 17 2018 @ 5:0


No Promised Land

No Promised Land: Queer Jewish anti-Zionist performance, embodiment, and world-building.

Join Barnard/Columbia JVP for an evening with Ita Segev, creator of Knot in My Name, and Una Aya Osato, founding member of brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque, to discuss the intersection of queer, Jewish, and anti-Zionist identity in art making and activism.

Ita Segev makes performance, writes, performs/acts and do advocacy & community building work, mainly around the intersection of her transfeminine and anti-Zionist Israeli identities.
Ita is a 2018/2019 Brooklyn Art Exchange Artist in Residence, a Fall 2017 BAX space grantee, a spring 2017 Chez Bushwick AIR and a 2016 NYLA Fresh tracks AIR with collaborator Georgia Wall.Her current evening length show in the making, titled Knot in My Name (it’s hard to transition when your escaping something) is also supported by New York Theater Workshops Adelphi summer residency as well as Women & Performance, a Journal of feminist theory.
Ita recently collaborated in different capacities with Tristan Powell, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Shakina Nayfack, Lillieth Glimcher & (rebeca) RAD (You Are Here), J. Bouey, Juliana May, and Daryn Copland with which she started T4Palestine – an open online recourse for medicalized trans folks who seek to take hormones which are not produced by the state of Israel.
You can read/hear more about that project, her personal story and sociopolitical context on Condé Nast’s Them magazine, Lenny Letter, PROTOCOLS and Unsettled podcast.
Ita is BDS supporting artist council member at Jewish Voice for Peace.
If you are a Transfeminine and/or Palestinian performance maker seeking more access to develop your work, or to know about future talks and shows feel free to connect via IG @itaqt

Una Aya Osato was born and raised in NYC, where she works as a performer, writer and educator, who dynamically merges her art and politics. She’s been featured in the New York Times, HuffPost, MSNBC, to name a few. Una’s been performing in NYC for over three decades. And she’s been writing, performing, and producing her award-winning original work for over fourteen years, nationally and internationally for tens of thousands of people in theaters, festivals, universities, conferences, community organizations, classrooms, and prisons. Her work is as intersectional as she is, as a queer radical POC self-loving anti-zionist Jewish femme feminist. Her performances bring stories that have historically been marginalized to the center, while highlighting the importance of community. Una's love for fully embodying her politics in her art lead her to burlesque/drag performance. She is also a co-founder of the renowned troupe brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque. | IG: @ThisisUna @brASSburlesque FB: Una Aya Osato

This event is free and there will be food provided. Thanks to SGB for helping make this event happen!

UPDATE: For administrative reasons we have a limit of 20 non-CUID guests allowed at the event, and you must have been invited by one of our members (if you are a member of JVP-NYC or NYU JVP, that works too). If you are a non-Columbia or Barnard student interested in or planning on coming to the event, please fill out the Eventbrite link and get a "Non-CUID" ticket, and please email with your name and affiliation.

If you are a Columbia/Barnard student interested in or planning on coming to the event, please fill out the Eventbrite and get a "CUID" ticket (but this is less strict).

The Ella Weed Room is on the 2nd floor of Milbank Hall and is physically accessible via a path through the side entrance; please contact with any questions or accessibility needs.