Shay Simone and Annya Pin, founders of Simone Pin Productions, a women-of-color production company, are curating multiple shows throughout 2019 for Northwest Film Forum’s first burlesque residency program.
“This dance and performing-arts residency is a really exciting evolution in the multidisciplinary programming we host in our space,” says Rana San, artistic director of Northwest Film Forum.
“I’ve been enthralled by Simone Pin’s work ever since I first saw them perform. When I met Shay and Annya, it was immediately evident that they embodied the spirit of the residency I had conceptualized. Their work celebrates diversity, body positivity, community and instills a sense of self-love that can only be experienced in person.”
Pin says the performance showcases as a mixture of dance, burlesque and singing.
“‘Queens’ is based on the battles experienced by women of color and it is a chess-inspired piece,” says Pin. “It’s the narratives of the games and strategies we have to play to survive.”