"Harriet" is a choreopoem by Zhana which explores themes around the sexual exploitation of African American women during enslavement.
It contains no explicit material.
"Harriet" depicts an imaginary meeting between Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Harriet Tubman. Harriet Jacobs hid in a tiny attic for seven years to escape the attentions of her white slavemaster.
Once free, she realized that freedom had always been her birthright, not something she should have to buy.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,is an important work, not least because it depicted the sexual exploitation of African American women during slavery. It was unusual for the author of 19th-century so-called "slave narratives" to do so. .
This is a choreopoem in the vein of Ntozake Shange, who pioneered this form in For Colored Girls and Spell Number Seven.
A full-length audio recording of "Harriet" is now available from the British Library under call number 1CD0337661.
We did this reading at Peckham Library in South London for International Women's Week 2008.Funded by Arts Council England