Marc Bamuthi Joseph was a commanding presence at this year’s Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco.

In addition to performing pe-LO-tah, the dance theater piece about global politics and soccer he premiered last fall, the spoken word artist and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curator shared his new monologue about life under President Trump at the three-weekend-long event.

“The first one hundred days after your heart has been snapped,” Joseph says at the start of his five-minute-long piece. “No. The first hundred days after you spend the first three days crying, after your heart’s been snapped: You’re out of tears, but you feel their echo in your body. You’re vulnerable and out of touch with order, and just hella angry. This president gives me a ‘just got my heart snapped’ feeling.”


Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s essay for KQED, ‘My Art is Not a Bridge–It’s a Battery,’ can be read here.

Read John Wilkins’ review of ‘pe-LO-tah’ and other Black Choreographers Festival highlights here

Watch Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s ‘100 Days Drumpf’ Monologue 23 February,2017Chloe Veltman

  • Curious

    Poor petal!

  • Hanif

    Bamuthi is so talented. Will Pehlotah travel to the East Coast?


Chloe Veltman

Chloe Veltman covers arts and culture for KQED. Prior to joining the organization, she launched and led the arts bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area’s culture columnist for the New York Times, and was also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice. Chloe is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants and fellowships including both the John S Knight Journalism Fellowship and Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, the Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and a Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She is the author of the book “On Acting” and a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a BA in english literature from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Masters in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

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