Speakers Bonita Oliver
Bonita Oliver

Bonita Oliver is a multidisciplinary performance artist and improviser. Her work is about transitions- the process of moving through. She creates deeply emotional, body in space, concept art through voice, music, environmental soundscapes and movement. The motivation is to heal personal and ancestral trauma in order to make way for discovery and connection. Her process is in the moment and responds to stimuli – be it internal or external -through embodiment and interaction. Her live works exhibit this process in real time. Recent works include Seeking Truth a Virtual Reality historical museum experience dedicated to the re examination of history about anti slavery and women’s rights activist, Sojourner Truth. Bonita (who also performs under the name of French Leave) is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts where she now sits on the advisory board for PAHMUSA (the Pan African Historical Museum) She is a current Opera America IDEA resident artist, multi- award winning filmmaker and member of (SAG/AFTRA) (NYWIFT)(WOCU).