Marjani Forté-Saunders’ Memoirs of a…Unicorn

Fri, August 24, 8:30 PM to Sat, August 25, 8:30 PM
Marjani Forte-Saunders in Memoirs of a...Unicorn
Marjani Forte-Saunders in Memoirs of a...Unicorn
Marjani Forte-Saunders in Memoirs of a...Unicorn
Marjani Forte-Saunders
Marjani Forte-Saunders in Memoirs of a...Unicorn
Memoirs of a...Unicorn set
Marjani Forte-Saunders
Marjani Forte-Saunders

Ticket Information



FRI August 24 @ 8:30 PM
SAT August 25 @ 8:30 PM

Tickets: $25



Choreographer and performer Marjani Forté-Saunders (Urban Bush Women, 2014 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow) has created a new solo evening length dance piece populated by structures created by MacArthur Genius and Tony Award-winning set designer Mimi Lien and built by her father, Rick Forté, a contractor. Spurred by stories of Forté-Saunders’ Arkansas-born father’s life, Memoirs of a…Unicorn weaves historic and personal narratives into an embodied tale of fragmented histories, unabated love, and warriorship.

“My Father's story allows me to burrow into my lineage, to ritualistically remember, interrogate, and relish in the celestial ecliptic journeys of folks identifying with—and building legacies within—the spectrums of blackness, maleness, and womb-ness. Through this work I am researching the properties of Black American magic and resilience.”

For this exciting new work, a New York Dance & Performance Bessie Award nominee for Outstanding Production, audiences will be seated on the stage and are encouraged to follow the action as the performance unfolds.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Memoirs of a….Unicorn is being developed with residency and production support from the Ford Theatres, hosted by the Alkebulan Cultural Center (ACC)'s new Artist in Residence Program. This residency in the historic Northwest Pasadena Arts Center, co-directed by Marjani & Everett Saunders, has offered the Unicorn team an incredible opportunity and dedicated space to develop the work, since it's early premiere (with New York Live Arts) in November 2017. In an effort to broaden and connect with audiences, to collaborate with their own constituency as Directors of ACC, and to illuminate shared themes of cultural beauty, storytelling, and history told through the deep wells of imagination and fantasy, Marjani & Everett have partnered with ACC Art Director Riea Owens to curate an exhibit entitled "Children of the Sun: Fantastical Beings." The opening reception takes place on Sunday August 26, 4:00 pm. For more info, go here.


WARNING: This show has brief nudity.

Photos by Maria Baranova and Oscar Lewin. 


For this intimate event - which can accomodate approximately 140 people - the off-site parking lot at 3330 Cahuenga Blvd. West is not available. Stacked parking is available on site and free shuttles will pick up from the Universal City/Studio City Metro stop. For more information, please go here or call 323.461.3673.